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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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Fall Citizens Academy program participants recognized
November 17, 2016

Congratulations to the below-listed 24 individuals for completing Johnson County Government’s second Citizens Academy program. The  Board of County Commissioners recognized and thanked the graduates during this morning’s BOCC meeting.

  • Chelsea Chaney
  • Cassidy Coles
  • Harold Colston
  • Becky Fast
  • Leesa Gabel
  • Terry Happer-Scheier
  • Cat Heisler
  • Christine Hutchins
  • John Keogh
  • Debbie Kring
  • Joe Marlow
  • Andrew Mattson
  • Michael McElhinney
  • Lucas Neece
  • John Neuberger
  • Gary Palmer
  • Penny Palmer
  • Oren Pickett
  • Marisel Sanchez Walston
  • Deb Shepard
  • Jennifer Sherwood
  • Connie Springfield
  • Dale Staten
  • Barb Yates

The Citizens Academy participants met for three hours one evening per week for ten weeks this fall 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 fall 2016 session participants:

  • “The bus tour was very instructive. I had no idea Shawn Mission Park was so large and offers such a variety of activities for people of all ages and interests!”
  • “Good information on the Elections Office; Ronnie really knows his subject!"
  • “Appraisers office — great understanding of property versus collective personal property versus individual personal property.”

Interested in participating in a future session? The application deadline for the spring session is Jan. 9. Visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy for more information and to apply.

Fall Kids Book Sale starts
April 3, 2019

Starting Thursday, Nov. 17, the Friends of Johnson County Library launches its BIG Fall Kids Book Sale. A ginormous selection of children’s books will be available for purchase, including board books, picture books, chapter books, teen/young adult and more.

The sale takes place in the Carmack Community Room at the Central Resource Library during these times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 18:  9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19:  9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Johnson County Library accept cash, MasterCard, Visa and Discover as payment.

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day
April 3, 2019

America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promote and celebrate recycling in the U.S.

This year in Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is hosting two local events:

  • County residents can drop off and recycle any electronic item with a cord on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  All items can be recycled for free except TVs ($20 each) and CRT monitors ($15 each). 
    The event will be held in the parking lot near the Overland Park Farmers Market pavilion. You can enter and exit from Marty Street, between 79th and 80th streets. As a courtesy, county staff and volunteers from L’Arche’s Green Express Program will be on-site to unload vehicles.
  • Free document shredding is available at several downtown Overland Park businesses from Nov. 14 to Nov. 19. Residents can put confidential documents in locked, secure bins provided by ProShred. ProShred will pick up the bins and shred documents at their facility — and recycle the paper. Drop off locations include the Downtown Overland Park Partnership and Ten Thousand Villages, during their regular business hours.

“JCDHE is pleased to partner with so many great groups to celebrate America Recycles Day,” said Sadie Gardner, environmental health specialist for Johnson County. “The world has a growing problem in electronic waste. Because so much of it contains hazardous materials, it’s important to recycle it responsibly.”

Read the press release from JCDHE here.

Staying home alone class for adolescents offered Nov. 23
November 16, 2016

Staying Home Alone, a Johnson County Park and Recreation District course for kids age 10–14, prepares adolescents for the responsibilities of  staying home alone for short periods of time. The course covers: personal responsibilities, how to handle emergencies, basic first aid skills and activities to do alone. Participants will assemble their own lunch (food included in price) and participants will swim in the afternoon.

Staying Home Alone will take place from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the Roeland Park Community Center (4850 Rosewood in Roeland Park). The cost for one eight-hour class is $45 per person for Johnson County residents or $50 for nonresidents.

To register online, visit jcprd.com, click the green “Register for Activities” button on the right side of the screen, search for barcode 35424. Registrations accepted through Thursday, Nov. 17. For more information or to register by phone, call 913-831-3359.

Please email Lisa.Scharnak@jocogov.org or call 913-826-3161 in advance to report any dietary restrictions.

Voters approve funding for new courthouse & coroner facility
March 15, 2017

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Johnson County voters approved a quarter-cent public safety sales tax to fund a new county courthouse and coroner facility. The county leadership has studied courthouse options over the past 15 years with recommendations for a new courthouse from numerous consultants, professional staff and citizen advisory groups. Funding the large project prevented the county from moving forward until now. Johnson County does not currently have a coroner facility; it uses a private lab in Wyandotte County. The public safety sales tax approved on Tuesday makes way for the construction of both projects in the next few years.

This public safety sales tax funding will be collected starting in April 2017 and ending in 2027. The courthouse design is expected to begin in 2017 with completion in about four years. Staff is currently developing a timeline for the construction of a coroner facility. Next steps include the Board of County Commissioners amending the county's Capital Improvement Program to include the courthouse and coroner facility projects. Following that action, the Public Building Commission can approve the projects and sell bonds.

The Kansas City Star published an article online about the public safety sales tax issue, along with the Board of County Commissioners election information.

County hosts 30th Annual Veterans Day observance
April 3, 2019

This Friday, Nov. 11, Johnson County will sponsor its 30th Annual Veterans Day observance.

When: Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 1025 S. Harrison, Olathe, KS 66061

This year's observance is designed to honor veterans of all wars along with local Gold Star families. Featured speakers include Ed Eilert, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners; Colonel Peter Jaramillo, State Chaplain, Kansas National Guard; Debbie Austin, Gold Star Mother and President of Northeast Kansas Gold Star Mothers Chapter; and Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland. Musical selections from Olathe Northwest High School band, Central Elementary and the Southside Singers of Olathe South High School are planned.

Wreaths commemorating the service of veterans throughout the U.S. wars of past centery will be presented. In addition, the ground breaking for a Gold Star memorial at Olathe Veterans Memorial Park will take place.

Please join us as we honor our local veterans and Gold Star families this year.

Public parking will be available at the Dennis Avenue Shops, located west of the Veterans Memorial Park at Chestnut Street and Dennis Avenue, and at the American Legion Post, 410 East Dennis Avenue, located east of the park. Handicapped parking will be provided at Veterans Memorial Park.

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