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Johnson County Charter Commission has launched a new website
May 25, 2021

The public can track the progress of the Johnson County Charter Commissioner at its new website, charter.jocogov.org. The website lists the commission’s 25-member roster, provides meeting agendas, minutes and other documents and offers historical resources such as past charter commission reports.
Per the charter approved by Johnson County voters in 2000, a Johnson County Charter Commission is established every 10 years to review Johnson County Government operations and present its findings and recommendations to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. Any recommendations need to be adopted by Johnson County voters in an election.
The 2021 Charter Commission will hold its fourth meeting on Wednesday, May 26 at 4 p.m., virtually. The livestream will be available on the Johnson County Government Facebook page (@jocogov). After the meeting, the recorded video will be available on this YouTube Channel.

Johnson County girl honored as “911 Hero”
May 25, 2021

On Monday, May 24, the Mid-America Regional Council’s Public Safety Communications Program and the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center honored 9-year-old Bekkah Suraud for demonstrating the proper use of 911 in an emergency. She received the award during a special ceremony at the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center in Olathe.

On the evening of May 2, 2021, 9-year-old Bekkah realized that her neighbor’s dog was out of her yard. When Bekkah entered her neighbor’s home to return the dog, she found her neighbor was experiencing a medical emergency. Bekkah quickly grabbed the neighbor’s cell phone. Finding the phone locked, she knew to use the emergency button on the cell phone to call 911. She was able to clearly and calmly explain that her neighbor was incoherent. She remained calm and provided complete and accurate location information. Pictured with Bekkah is Trey Glidewell, 911 dispatcher, who took her call.

“Emergencies are often emotional and stressful events,” said Mike Daniels, operations manager for MARC’s Regional Public Safety Communications Program. “Even though her neighbor was ill, with no other adult to assist, Bekkah displayed a degree of calm and composure that is rarely witnessed in events such as these, especially in someone so young,” added Daniels.

MARC’s Regional 911 Hero Award program recognizes young people who demonstrate knowledge of the proper use of 911 by performing heroic action during an emergency. To receive the award, the child must have initiated the 911 call and performed a heroic act during the emergency that resulted in saving a life, significantly reducing property loss or stopping a crime.

Johnson County Museum to participate in Blue Star Museums
May 21, 2021

The Johnson County Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

The Johnson County Museum will offer free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer through Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America.

The promotion runs from Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 15) through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 6). 

"Johnson Countians have served our country from the Civil War through the present," said Museum Director Mary McMurray. "We honor them on the walls of our exhibits and in the history we preserve. This summer, it is our privilege to join Blue Star Museums in thanking those currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families by offering free admission to the Johnson County Museum – one of our community’s cultural treasures."

The Johnson County Museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., in Overland Park.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Sunday and major holidays.

In addition to the museum’s signature exhibition - Becoming Johnson County - and popular children’s experience - KidScape, visitors will be able to experience two temporary exhibits:

  • Paul McCobb: America’s Designer (opening May 22)
  • Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times

Regular admission prices are $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, students with ID and military members, and $4 for children.

JCMHC offers resilience training for first responders
May 20, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center is hosting free resilience trainings for Johnson County first responders. Join Kim Colegrove from Pause First Academy to discover tools to mitigate stress, regulation emotions and improve overall health. 

  • Friday, May 21, noon - 1 p.m. - Mindful Self Care - How to care for ourselves so we can care for those we love, lead and serve. 
  • Wednesday, May 26, 4 - 5 p.m. - Assess and Address Your Stress - Learn how better self-awareness can lead to better health
  • Tuesday, June 1, 7 - 8 p.m. - Developing Mindful Habits - 3 micro-practices for stress relief and self-regulation throughout the day
  • Tuesday, June 8, noon - 1 p.m. - Mindful Resilience - Discover two types of awareness that can help you navigate stress and cope with adversity

Register for this event at tinyurl.com/jchmc-pausefirst-training. Get more information by calling 913-715-7880 or by emailing [email protected].

MED-ACT celebrating National Emergency Medical Services Week
May 18, 2021

This week at Johnson County MED-ACT, we’re celebrating not only 46 years of service, but the 46th Annual National Emergency Medical Services Week. A week that was first nationally recognized in 1974 by President Gerald Ford, this week celebrates all the men and women of the emergency services family. Each year, the week is represented by a theme, which is created annually by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of EMTs. The theme this year is, “This is EMS: Caring for Our Communities.

The week is showcased across the country with themed days Monday through Friday, starting with EMS Education Day, and heading through Safety Tuesday, EMS for Children Wednesday, Save-a-Life Thursday and EMS Recognition Friday. In honor of the theme days, MED-ACT will be posting information on social media (@jocomedact) about each day, as well as paramedic profiles showcasing a few of their medics who volunteered their time to interview. 

We asked J. Paul Davis, MED-ACT director and chief what EMS Week and the department meant to him, and he gave us insight into his vision and mission. 

“Our mission is enlivened by our excellent corps of personnel,” Davis said. Through their dedication to service and compassionate care, they ensure medical emergencies in Johnson County have the best possible outcome. By ensuring the continuum of out-of-hospital care and helping to prepare our community, their work results in a community-wide feeling of safety and confidence.”

A special letter from the chief went out to all of the paramedics this morning, as well as posted online to share with all the EMS personnel in the area. The next few days, paramedics will have a chance to have breakfast together for the first time in over a year, and celebrate while still social distancing at different hospital hosted events. We look forward to a quiet but fun week as we continue to celebrate another year in service to the community. We thank everyone for their support during this week.

County celebrates Armed Forces Appreciation Day
May 18, 2021

An early morning rain and lingering cloudy skies on Saturday, May 15, did not dampen Johnson County’s celebration of Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the New Century AirCenter.

Sponsored by the Friends in Service of Heroes (FISH), the free six-hour event attracted a steady stream of hundreds of attendees, including the general public, veterans of all ages, active members of the armed forces and military reservists. 

The event featured an A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft, UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, vintage and current military vehicles, live entertainment and food trucks. Featured speakers included Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab.

FISH presented a service dog to a disabled Army veteran from Iraq and an all-terrain, tracked wheelchair to a disabled Marine veteran from Desert Storm.