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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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Community partnerships help homeless students
January 9, 2019

Johnson County residents are best served when organizations throughout the community work together to solve problems and create solutions. That’s certainly the case for students in both the Olathe and Shawnee Mission school districts who are or about to be housing insecure.

Project H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities Move Everyone) in the Shawnee Mission School District and Impact Olathe for the Olathe Public Schools are collaborative community programs that serve students and families who are considered homeless by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The broad definition of homelessness, according to McKinney-Vento, is children or youth who “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” It is not just students who live on the streets or in their cars that are considered homeless, it’s also students who live with other families, in a shelter or in a hotel.

The Shawnee Mission School District has partnered with several community organizations, including Johnson County Mental Health (MNH) , to provide centralized access to a plethora of community services twice a month with Project H.O.M.E. Similarly, Olathe Public Schools brings community partners, such as Johnson County Human Services (HSD) , together on a biweekly basis.

There are a lot of barriers for families with housing insecurities, says Olathe Public Schools Community Liaison Heather Schoonover. For many families, scheduling appointments with various community resource agencies all over the county is not possible because of the lack of transportation, the inability to take time off work and other barriers for this families.

In order to remove these barriers, the school districts invite the service providers to all be in one place at the same time. Case managers from the schools schedule centralized appointments with the service providers all in one place. In Olathe, these opportunities happen weekly. In Shawnee Mission, bi-weekly.

Although the Johnson County agencies provide their own immediate services, such as help with utilities and housing options through HSD or brief mental health assessments through MNH, they also provide access and knowledge to dozens of other resources for these families, from tax-preparation to substance abuse counseling. These programs also provide help with employment and access to free breakfast and lunch for the students at school.

Both Project H.O.M.E. and Impact Olathe were recently recognized with the 2018 Excellence in Community Service Award from United Community Services of Johnson County. Other community partners for these programs include: Shawnee Community Services, New City Church, Vineyard Church, Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA, Redeemer Fellowship, United Way of Greater Kansas City, Jewish Family Services, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Workforce Partnership, KS DCF, El Centro, KidsTLC, City of Olathe, Olathe Housing Authority, The Salvation Army, Health Partnership Clinic, reStart Inc. and Olathe Fire Department/Mobile Integrated Health.

Packet pick up available to JoCo child care providers
January 8, 2019

Kansas child care providers who are applying for or renewing a license are now legally required to submit to a comprehensive background check, which includes fingerprints for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home, daycare or school-age program. This new requirement is intended to reduce the risk of abuse or neglect of children in out-of-home child care settings.

Johnson County child care providers are invited to visit the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe, at the times, on the dates below to receive a background check packet. Packets can also be picked up at the Child Care Licensing office, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Suite 2700, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by calling 913-477-8339 to arrange for pickup on weekdays before 8 a.m. Please bring your letter or email showing your OCA number that you receive after you submit your renewal. This is required for both home providers and facilities.

Packets are available:

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14
  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30

For more information about items to bring and where to get your fingerprinting done, visit https://www.jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/health/child-care-licensing/licensing-renewals.

Registration open for JoCo Citizens Academy
January 7, 2019

Ever wonder what makes our county parks a national leader? Do you want an inside glimpse of the local election process? You can have these experiences and more while learning about the inner workings of Johnson County Government and discovering opportunities to become more involved in our community through the Johnson County Citizens Academy program.

The program has three primary goals: enhance citizen knowledge of county operations and services; increase volunteerism; encourage participation on Johnson County boards and commissions.

During Citizens Academy sessions, participants hear presentations from staff, perform hands-on activities and take tours of various county departments and agencies, including Public Works, Human Services, the Library, Developmental Supports, Park and Recreation, the Sheriff’s Office and more.
Shawnee resident and fall 2016 Citizens Academy participant John Keogh said he gained important insight into government operations.

“The most valuable thing for me was the knowledge that our leaders have the well-being of this community well in hand,” Keogh said. “I was continually struck by the passion and commitment of the members of our county government and the leaders of our county services. I’m comforted knowing this, and I’m more passionate than ever to get involved.”

The spring 2019 program will begin Feb. 11 and meet for three hours, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., each Monday evening until April 15. The county will provide dinner at no cost to participants during each weekly session.

Enrollment is free. Visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy for more information and to apply. If you have questions about the Citizens Academy program, please call Johnny McFarland at 913-715-0729. The spring 2019 program application deadline is Jan. 24.

Keep an eye out
January 3, 2019

This week, the winter issue of JoCo Magazine and the January-February issue of The Best Times are landing in mailboxes across Johnson County.

JoCo Magazine is sent to all county residences and businesses on a quarterly basis. Our cover this quarter highlights the December ground breaking ceremony of the new medical examiner facility which is a project funded by the Public Safety Sales Tax in 2016. Proceeds from the 10-year tax are also being used to construct the new courthouse in downtown Olathe.

This issue of the magazine is packed with stories about construction project updates, what to watch for in 1Q 2019, preparing for the 2020 census and a feature about a partnership which allows veterans to take free art classes.

The Best Times, Johnson County's magazine for the 60+ crowd, features a fun story about Granny Basketball as well as information about county resources to aid taxpayers this season and an overview of a diet program that gets high marks for good results.

There are too many insightful stories full of valuable information to list here, but you can always access JoCo Magazine and The Best Times online.

Meet the incoming commissioners
June 27, 2019

On Jan. 14, Johnson County will welcome two new Board of County Commissioners — Janeé Hanzlick, 4th District; and Becky Fast, 1st District. The elected officials are looking forward to serving residents as they emphasize strengthening social service awareness and ensuring that Johnson County is an affordable and desirable place for families to call home for years to come.

We asked each commissioner-elect to tell us more about themselves. Here’s what they had to say:

Q. Why did you enter the race to become a county commissioner?
Commissioner-elect Hanzlick: After having worked at Safe Home for 20 years, and recently retiring as CEO, I have a lot of experience working in the county, and lived here, raised my children here, and saw this as an opportunity to move the county forward in a positive direction. Because the county oversees and offers so many human services, we need someone on the county commission who has that background and experience.
Commissioner-elect Fast: I’m looking forward to learning more about all the services Johnson County provides. I think most residents, like myself, don’t have a full understanding of the depth of the services that Johnson County government provides and how those services impact our lives on a day-to-day basis. I have served on the Roeland Park City Council, as an adjunct professor in health and human services at Washburn University, and as a public policy analyst for the University of Kansas. I hope to bring those skills and my background in health and human services to the county. I’ve also worked on the federal level as the constituent services director for Congressman Dennis Moore. That background, I hope, will inform me. But I also hope what will inform me is your input. My door is always open. Whether you’re an employee or a resident, I want to hear what services are important to you and what services we can improve upon to meet the challenges that Johnson County faces in the next years.

Q. What are some improvements that you are hoping to make as a commissioner?
Commissioner-elect Hanzlick: The areas I think I can make a difference are in helping to strengthen our mental health services, raising awareness of all the county has to offer, working to strengthen and raise awareness of senior services, especially since our senior population is rapidly growing. I also understand and can advocate for continued strong education.
Commissioner-elect Fast: I have a master’s in Public Administration and a master’s in Social Work. During the past years, I’ve worked closely with the Kansas Legislature on expanding access to mental health services. I’m greatly concerned about the increasing teenage suicide rate in Johnson County.  I would like to take my background working in mental health to help impact that growing suicide rate. I’ve also been very concerned about the lack of affordable housing. When I say affordable housing its access to housing at differing price points, as it is increasingly becoming more difficult for seniors to retire here and children to be able to grow up here and afford to live in Johnson County.  The third concern that I heard a lot about on the campaign trail is the increasing density of development in northeast Johnson County. We need to ensure that we as a community have green space and parks as the county faces significant population growth in the upcoming years.

Q. When you’re not serving as commissioner how will you be spending your time?
Commissioner-elect Hanzlick: I enjoy going to county parks. My husband and I visit a special trail in Shawnee Mission Park. I like reading. We have wonderful libraries in Johnson County. I enjoy being with friends. I’m active in the Overland Park Rotary Club. I’m also on the board of directors of the Johnson County Christmas Bureau.
Commissioner-elect Fast: One of the things I love to do is explore the Johnson County parks and trail system. On the Roeland Park City Council, I served on the Parks Committee. I was the liaison to Johnson County Parks and Recreation. You will often see me out hiking and biking. I’m also a movie fan. I’ve often won the Oscar movie pool when I’ve submitted my picks. So, you’ll regularly see me at the movie theater. I also enjoy heading out to see the Kansas City Royals or a KU basketball game.

Q. What’s one unique thing about yourself that you’d like for residents to know?
Commissioner-elect Hanzlick: Early in my career, I worked on Capitol Hill for a few years. I’m not a complete stranger to politics and public service. In the 1980s, when I met my husband who was from Kansas, I had to look up where Kansas was on a map. We moved here 30 years ago, and now it’s my home, and I love it.
I want residents to know, with your trust, I will work tirelessly on your behalf to help address challenges, and to secure lasting and meaningful improvements to our life in Johnson County. I want to ensure that Johnson County remains an outstanding place for people to live and raise families, and where businesses can flourish and enrich our local economy.
Commissioner-elect Fast: My great grandparents were early pioneers and homesteaded a farm in central Kansas. So, I am a fifth generation, proud Kansan. Another unique thing, I have a brother with Down Syndrome. So, I’m very involved in his activities to help him integrate into the community, as his legal guardian. As a young child, he was denied public education in the 1960s, and I’ve worked to help him have access to supports and services. And we’re very fortunate in Johnson County that we have a strong service system for persons with different abilities.




Boad of County Commissioners meetings resume Jan. 10
January 2, 2019

The Jan. 3 Board of County Commissioners meeting has been cancelled, due to the lack of quorum. The board will reconvene on Jan. 10.