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County Manager's Office

Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Library breaks ground on new Shawnee branch
May 15, 2017

On May 10, Johnson County Library launched construction of the Monticello Library in Shawnee with a ceremonial groundbreaking that included Chairman Ed Eilert. 

The $18.1 million, two-story, 33,548 square-foot building will feature floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides designed for natural light, visible to those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway.

The first-floor plan will feature shelves for new books and materials, a large area for children's materials and programming, cozy seating available along the windows, two private study rooms, an area for DVDs, magazines and other media, and a large meeting room to seat up to 100 people.

The second-floor plan will host the adult fiction and nonfiction areas, teen materials, two collaborative technology rooms, public computers, two smaller public meeting rooms and three additional study rooms. An ecologically sensitive green roof adjoins a roof-top terrace.

Construction will continue on the project until mid-2018 and the library is expected to open in the fall of 2018. To keep up on the project, visit the Monticello project webpage.

Netflix series raises questions about mental health, suicide
May 15, 2017

The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has raised questions about the mental health and safety of children in schools. The show depicts scenes of teens being bullied, sexually harassed and assaulted, and a graphic suicide death. The graphic nature of the show and the narrative of hopelessness around suicide and bullying have many in the suicide prevention community concerned. 

The Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center shares concerns about the series and feels it is important to provide parents and other concerned adults some guidance in having conversations with their teens about the show. If they are going to watch it, we need to talk with them about it. The JED Foundation and SAVE developed a discussion guide soon after the premiere of the show. 

Suicide and mental health resources

  • Sexual assault services are available through The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center in Lawrence and MOCSA in Kansas City. They believe people and offer help if they have been a victim. 24-hour crisis line in Kansas: 913-642-0233; 24-hour crisis line in Missouri: 816-531-0233
  • If you are concerned about your teen it is best to ask about suicide as directly as possible, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” This will not put an idea in their head that wasn’t already there, but if the answer is yes, it is the best way to start having an important conversation about safety.
  • Help for those thinking about suicide is available 24/7 calling 1-800-273-TALK or clicking “Chat Now” on NSPL.ORG. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is staffed by caring, highly trained individuals.
  • Anxiety and depression are treatable. Primary care doctors and the local community mental health center are good places to start asking for help.
  • Suicide is preventable when we ask, listen and talk about what is going on with each other.

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is providing an opportunity for our community to join together to ask questions and learn of the resources available in our community surrounding these topics during a community discussion May 18 at the Central Resource Library on Thursday, May 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Department budgets presented to BOCC
May 12, 2017

Thursday, the Board of County Commissioners heard the proposed budget for Johnson County's transit system and for those departments that report to the County Manager's Office.

Officials with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and CMO provided updates on the changes in the bus system (formerly The JO in Johnson County), RideKC. The new and expanded services are getting positive public feedback and new ridership. Increased usage is expected as more people become aware of the new routes. The taxi voucher ridership program's popularity is also increasing and usage continues to grow.

Also, County Manager Hannes Zacharias presented the BOCC with requests for additional resources for 2018. The funds, if approved by the commission, will allow the county to increase efficiencies and improve services.
 
The proposed resources would enhance cyber security efforts with additional employee training, ensure HIPAA compliance, add staff to support critical county projects and support existing Human Services staff who were previously funded by the State of Kansas. Resources were also requested to transition Overland Park medical services to Johnson County Med-Act and fund needs within Emergency Management and Communications, Human Resources, Mental Health, Planning, Public Works, and support our community partner, United Community Services.
 
Next week, the BOCC will hear the budget proposals for the following county offices, departments and districts: Sheriff's Office, Wastewater, Elections, Library, and Park and Recreation District.
 
The budget meetings are broadcast on the county's website and more information about the proposed FY 2018 budget is available online.

 

Fall 2017 Citizens Academy is complete
May 11, 2017

Congratulations to the 25 below-listed individuals for completing Johnson County Government’s third Citizens Academy program. The Board of County Commissioners recognized and thanked the graduates during the May 4 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

  • Barbara Adamson
  • Tracey Anderson
  • Steve Aulgur
  • Alexandra Billinger
  • Steve Capell
  • Lee Duong
  • Nancy Ellis
  • Adalia Gall
  • Syed Hasan
  • Logan Heley
  • Marcia Higginson
  • Joyce Householder
  • Karen Johnson
  • Lynn Kring
  • Thomas Madigan
  • Lauren Parker
  • Janell Pollom
  • Caron Roberts
  • Joyce Savage
  • Ryan Showalter
  • Allison Staroski
  • Barbara Weiner
  • Blake Williams
  • Matt Woehrle
  • Brandon Woodard

The Citizens Academy participants met for three hours one evening per week for ten weeks this spring to learn about the roles, responsibilities and day-to-day operations of county government. During sessions, the group heard presentations from staff and took tours of various county departments and agencies, including Public Works, Human Services, Libraries, Developmental Supports, Park and Recreation, the Sheriff’s Office and others.

Quotes from spring 2017 session participants:

  • “The speakers were excellent. They presented the material very well and taught aspects of how it works at a high level; made it easy to understand and makes me want to learn more.”
  • “I loved the enthusiasm of the Human Services Team and how they were very passionate about their job and helping others in need!”
  • “This series has made me realize how truly fortunate I am to live in Johnson County. I've always thought this was a great community, but didn't understand what a professional, progressive county we lived in.”

Interested in participating in a future session? The application deadline for the fall session is Aug. 1. More information and an application form can be found on jocogov.org.

Watch for delivery of Johnson County magazines this week
May 4, 2017

Johnson County’s JoCo Magazine and The Best Times will both be delivered this week. If you are a Johnson County resident, you should receive JoCo magazine four times a year. The Best Times is delivered on a bi-monthly basis to Johnson County residents who are age 60 plus. If you qualify and are not on The Best Times mailing list, call 913-715-8930. Both magazines are mailed without charge and are produced by the county’s Public Information Office.

JoCo Magazine's mission is dedicated to publishing stories that inform residents about county services and finances, as well as issues that may impact the quality of life.

The mission of The Best Times is to publish articles that inform, challenge, support, entertain and persuade.

Click here for the current online versions of JoCo Magazine and The Best Times.

 

Child care business info fair this Saturday
May 3, 2017

Are you interested in starting your own quality, licensed, in-home day care business in Johnson County? Learn the basics about how to get started during our information fair on May 6! 

  • Learn from local leaders in quality child care and early learning; get your questions answered.
  • Make contacts and connections with organizations that can help support you.
  • Find out exactly what steps you need to take to establish in-home day care.
  • Save money! Johnson County Government will pay the licensing fees for anyone who attends the fair and starts his or her own day care business (up to $287 value).
  • During the fair, learn how you can take Parents as Teachers Free Family Child Care Business classes for free. The classes are presented in Spanish and valued at $700! Also includes all State required classes and incentives.
  • Information during the fair will be available in both English and Spanish.

The format of the information fair is to come and go at your convenience, however there will be brief presentations by all the partner agencies in two cycles — from 10 a.m. to noon and again from noon to 2 p.m. So if you would like to see the information presented during all the partner agency presentations, it would be best to plan to attend for the duration of one of those two-hour blocks. 

If you have questions about the information fair, please call 913-715-2113. View the event flier on jocogov.org for further details. 

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