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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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Motor Vehicle offices to close Oct. 10 for training
October 6, 2016

Johnson County Motor Vehicle offices will be closed to the public on Monday, Oct. 10, for an all-staff training. Motor vehicle offices will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The locations of the closed offices are:

  • Mission Motor Vehicle Office, 6000 Lamar Ave.
  • Olathe Motor Vehicle Office, 782 N. Ridgeview Rd.

Dealer and fleet services will also be unavailable. Motor vehicle employees will attend a day-long training on Oct. 10 to review policies and procedures and operational changes. Customers can renew their vehicle registrations online at kswebtags.org or by mail. All other Johnson County Government offices will be open Oct. 10. 

Final Saturday HHW & electronics recycling event Oct. 8
October 4, 2016

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (DHE) offers periodic Saturday collection events for county residents to drop off their household chemicals, paint and electronics. Accepted items include latex paint, automotive, lawn and garden, household cleaners, home repair, wood stains, crafts, pool chemicals and much more. See a full list of accepted items on DHE's website

Electronics accepted include televisions, computers and nearly anything with a cord. Charges apply for certain televisions, computers, and freon-containing items.

An appointment, which residents can make online at hhwscheduler.jocogov.org/, is required to drop off materials during the collection event.

For a complete list of prices go to DHE's electronics recycling webpage. Cash and check only.

Election workers needed for Nov. 8 General Election
October 3, 2016

The Johnson County Election Office is in urgent need of 300 election workers to serve voters at Johnson County polls during the Nov. 8 General Election.

Election workers who work at a polling place are provided a stipend of at least $135 for their public service on each Election Day. 

Election workers must be registered voters in Johnson County, and:

  • Be registered in the election worker pool;
  • Complete required training for that election; and,
  • Receive a polling place assignment from the Election Office.

Workers must be available for the entire Election Day, beginning at least one hour prior to the opening of the polls. General election polls in November will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

For more information and a link to the application form, visit www.vote4joco.org/apply, call 913-715-6836, or email electionworker@jocoelection.org. Election worker application deadline is Oct. 18.

Friday + fishin' = family fun!
September 28, 2016

Join Johnson County Park and Recreation District Friday, Sept. 30 for a family fun night of fishing! Here is the schedule for the evening:

  • 5:30-6:00 Dinner of hotdogs, chips, and apples will be provided!
  • 6:00-7:00 Fishing at Catfish Pond with boats available (provided life vests must be worn). Staff will assist with boats and can help with basic fishing questions.
  • 7:00-7:30 Roasting marshmallows at a campfire!

Bring your own pole and tackle or we can provide a fishing pole. We will also provide bait and marshmallows! Participants age 16 and older are required to have a Kansas fishing license. Licenses will not be sold on site. This fun family event is just $10 per person, $11 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, please call (913) 831-3359. Or to register online go to our Online Registration page (https://online.activenetwork.com/jcprd/Start/Start.asp) and do a barcode search for 35076.

Are you registered to vote for the General Election?
October 3, 2016

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Voter registration in Johnson County ends Oct. 18. Voters who changed their name or address will need to complete a new voter registration application.

Voting by mail begins Oct. 19. Voters need to complete an application for an advance voting ballot by mail. All mail ballots must be returned to the Johnson County Election Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Advancing voting in person starts Oct. 24 at six Johnson County locations, including:

Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center (construction site)
8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park (temporary entrance on 89th Street)

Hilltop Campus – Blue Valley 
7700 West 143rd Street, Overland Park

Johnson County Northeast Offices
6000 Lamar Avenue, Mission  

Okun Field House
20200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee

Johnson County Sunset Office Building
11811 South Sunset Drive, Olathe  

Johnson County Election Office
2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe

Kansas law requires that all voters show photo identification to vote in advance and at the polls. If a voter is registering for the first time in Kansas, he or she must submit evidence of U.S. citizenship. 

For more information or questions about voting, contact the Johnson County Election Office by calling 913-715-6800, emailing at election@jocoelection.org or visiting jocoelection.org, facebook.com/jocoelection or twitter.com/jocoelection.

Susan Pekarek hired as new JCW general manager
March 15, 2017

Susan Pekarek, chief engineer at Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) for the past three years and a 15-year employee with the department, has been named the new general manager of JCW providing sanitary sewer service to more than 400,000 customers throughout the county.

She succeeds John P. O’Neil, who retired from JCW on July 1, ending a 27-year career with Johnson County. During the county’s national search for his replacement, Pekarek served as the interim manager of the department.

A resident of Overland Park, Pekarek will assume her new duties September 25.

The selection of the new wastewater administrator was announced by Deputy County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson.

“Susan Pekarek has long served the residents of Johnson County in her role with JCW. She has demonstrated leadership, knowledge, professionalism, and hard work in wastewater operations,” Postoak Ferguson said. “The county will continue to benefit from her incredible value as a well-respected wastewater professional, a team player, a team leader, and a dedicated county employee. She’s a good fit to fill big shoes.”

In her new role, Pekarek will oversee the $280 million Tomahawk Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion project which is the largest project JCW will have completed in its 70 year history. Overall, she will oversee assets in excess of $2 billion.

“I am very excited about the challenges and opportunities for community service this position offers,” Pekarek said. “Johnson County Wastewater is recognized as one of the best wastewater utilities in the nation and I look forward to working with the excellent staff at JCW to continue that tradition.”

Pekarek has served as chief engineer, including overseeing the Asset Management, Planning and Public Projects Division, since 2013. She joined JCW in 2001 as a managing engineer in the Engineering and Operations and Maintenance Divisions along with assisting in three major wastewater treatment plant expansions totaling more than $100 million.

Before joining Johnson County, Pekarek began her professional career in 1997 as an environmental engineer at Burns and McDonnell where she worked for four years.

She received a bachelor’s degree (1996) in civil engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s degree (1997), also from KSU, in civil engineering with an environmental focus.

Her professional memberships and collaborations include the Core 4 Blue River Watershed Integrated Planning Task Force, the Kansas Water Environmental Association and Water Environmental Research Federation.

Johnson County Wastewater is responsible for the safe collection, transportation, and treatment of wastewater generated by more than 139,000 residential, industrial, and commercial accounts.

JCW operates a total treatment capacity of nearly 64 million gallons per day, including six major treatment plants, 31 pump stations, and more than 2,250 miles of wastewater lines that processes more than 18.5 billion gallons of sewage annually. The wastewater system covers a service area of more than 172 square miles and 16 cities.