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Phone: 913-715-0725

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

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Comments welcome on new County Square concepts
November 14, 2019

Public Open House scheduled Nov. 20


How would you like to use a new County Square? Johnson County, in coordination with the city of Olathe, is gathering feedback about improvement concepts for the Johnson County Square project. Community members are welcome to get involved by attending the public open house Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Lower Level Conference Room 0200 at the Johnson County Administrative Building (111 S. Cherry St.) in Olathe.

During the public open house, the public will be able to review detailed exhibits for improvement concepts for the new Square. No formal presentation will be given. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during the meeting’s timeframe. County staff and the design-build and community engagement team will be present to discuss the concepts, answer questions, and gather feedback to inform the next steps of the design process.

For more information about the new Johnson County Square, contact Dan Wehmueller, Johnson County project manager, at daniel.wehmueller@jocogov.org. You may also follow the county and city on social media and use our #JoCoSquare hashtag.  

Information on the background of the project is available in this press release.

Mental health symposium scheduled for this weekend
November 13, 2019

The Overland Park Police Department will host a mental health symposium from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Academic Achievement Center, 8200 W. 71st St., Overland Park. The symposium will include Johnson County Mental Health Center and the Johnson County Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Training Council, along with Overland Park Municipal Courts.

“We’re excited to join this event to share with the community the many things we’re doing, in partnership with local law enforcement, to promote mental health,” said Jessica Murphy, Johnson County Mental Health Center co-responder team leader.

A panel of mental health and law enforcement experts will be available to answer questions. Informational booths include:

  • Johnson County Mental Health Center
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Suicide Awareness Survivor Support
  • Johnson County Crisis Intervention Training Council
  • Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Mental Health America of the Heartland

Here's a look at the presentation schedule:

8 - 8:15 a.m., symposium gets underway

8:15 - 8:30 a.m., Overland Park Police Department Chief introduction

8:30 - 8:40 a.m., CIT International video

8:40 - 9:45 a.m., Overland Park CIT program/Co-responder program presentation

9:45 - 10 a.m., break

10 - 10:30 a.m., Johnson County CIT Council presentation

10:30 - 11 a.m., Overland Park Municipal Court Mental Health Diversion presentation

11 - 11:30 a.m., question and answer panel

11:30 a.m. - noon, information tables

Register for the event.

Johnson County Human Services to host Job & Education Fair
November 12, 2019

Johnson County Human Services, in partnership with Johnson County Human Resources, is hosting a Job & Education Fair from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe.

This free event is open to the public. Jobseekers will have the opportunity to network with more than 30 vendors including employers, colleges and resource agencies.

Employers at the fair are hiring employees at livable wages. Colleges will be available to speak to participants about career opportunities in different fields. A variety of career fields will recruit for positions in government, manufacturing, education, public safety, social work, customer service, warehouse and more.

“There are many good jobs out there. The Job & Education Fair offers a great way for people to find out about these opportunities in one place,” said Kay Lowe, event organizer. “Some people do not know where to start looking or who to ask about getting the jobs they want. We created an event to bring everyone together in the same room”.

Jobseekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

For more information, visit jocogov.org/dept/human-services/.

JoCo on the Go: Honoring veterans of Johnson County
November 8, 2019

During our 15th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re honoring veterans, with a special focus this year on women veterans. Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert shares the importance of recognizing this group of veterans that is growing in number. You’ll also hear the stories of four Johnson County women who served in the military, including a woman who recently turned 105. Finally, the episode includes additional details from one of the four women who has transitioned service to her country to service to her county.

JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript.

Johnson County holds Veterans Day Observance
November 12, 2019

The 2019 Johnson County Veterans Day Observance took place on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at American Legion Post #153.

American Legion Post #153 has invited Johnson County Government to hold its event in the legion’s hall, located at 410 E. Dennis Ave., Olathe.

“We very much appreciate their invitation to join the American Legion in this important Veterans Day observance,” said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.

The event will kick off on the original schedule, 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Download a program.

The 2019 Johnson County Veterans Day Observance, honoring all local veterans from all wars, has invited as special guests local women veterans/women who have served in the military. The event is set for at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the American Legion Post #153, 410 E. Dennis Ave., Olathe, (previously scheduled for Veterans Memorial Park, at Harrison Street and Dennis Avenue, in Olathe).

The event, organized in partnership with the city of Olathe and the Olathe American Legion Post 153, includes an exhibit by the Gardner Historical Museum of veteran-related memorabilia.

According to the U.S. Defense Department, women veterans, totaling slightly more than 1.6 million, represented approximately 10% of the estimated 18.2 million veterans in 2017. Women have served their country through all periods of U.S. history. They were disguised as male soldiers during the American Revolution and Civil War. They served as nurses in World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. They were, and still are, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Special invited guest of honor is Mabel Johnson, an Olathe woman and a World War II veteran, who turns 105 in early November. She is probably the oldest woman veteran in Kansas and the oldest woman Coast Guard veteran in the nation.

Watch her story.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Third District, whose mother, Crystal, served two decades in the Army.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Molly Gillock, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a member of the Kansas National Guard.
  • Louise “Lou” Eisenbrandt, a combat nurse/veteran from the Vietnam War. 

Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, will emcee the program.

Traditional activities at the county’s Veterans Day celebration include:

  • Speeches honoring all veterans
  • Presentation of colors
  • Placement of memorial wreaths by local veteran organizations.
  • Playing of “Taps”

Students from the Kansas School for the Deaf will serve as greeters.

Johnson County’s annual Veterans Day observance began in 1987. Each year, the event salutes specific groups of veterans and others as special guests. In 2015, World War II veterans were recognized. The event paid tribute to local Gold Star Families in 2016. A year later, the observance paid tribute to Korean War veterans. Veterans of the Vietnam War Era were recognized last year.

Additional details of the Veterans Day observance will be provided on the county’s website at jocogov.org as the event is finalized or call the Johnson County Manager’s Office at 913-715-0430.

Polls open for 2019 General Election
November 5, 2019

Tuesday, Nov. 5 is Election Day with the polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check here for the Johnson County polling locations for the 2019 General Election.

If you wish to review your voter record and or view your sample ballot, the Johnson County Election Office has that information online.

RideKC offers free rides to polling places on Election Day. Paratransit also provides free transportation. Johnson County voters can access resources from the Johnson County Election Office website. For help planning your trip, call 816-221-0660 and provide the starting address and the address of the polling place to where you will be traveling. Customers can also plan a trip with Google Transit trip planner, available on the homepage of RideKC.org. The Regional Transit Call Center is also open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Election Night, as results become available, checkout the resources available on the Johnson County Election Office site.

For official final election results, The Board of Canvassers canvass the votes following the election at the Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road. The Board of Canvassers determine the validity of any provisional or challenged ballots. Following the processing of the valid ballots, the official vote summary is certified by the Board of Canvassers as the official final election results. The General Canvass will open at 9 a.m. on Nov. 13 and reconvene at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14.