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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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Volunteer opportunities are available across the county
April 3, 2019

Johnson County is a world-class community. It takes the efforts and talents of thousands of employees and volunteers to maintain and delivery services. Many services may go unnoticed, but they are critical to the success, vitality and safety of the community.

We’ve put together a list of volunteer opportunities and activities for people who want to serve the community. There are several county departments looking for enthusiastic assistance along with educational opportunities, and board and commission openings.

For more information on how you can volunteer in the community, take a look at our new volunteer brochure or review opportunities online.

County's Feed the Need exceeds goal for 2016
August 18, 2016

Johnson County Government's employee-led Feed the Need campaign helped fill the shelves of 10 Johnson County food pantries, raising nearly 366,000 pounds of food. The goal this year was 325,000 pounds.

Brad Reinhardt, director of Facilities and Maintenance, and Brian Pietig, director of Public Works/county engineer, served as chairs for the 2016 Feed the Need and made ceremonial check presentations at the Aug. 18 Board of County Commissioners meeting to representatives from the Feed the Need recipient agencies (pictured above). Six food pantries are located in county-operated multi-service centers. The other four recipients are Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, First Christian Church of Olathe, the Shawnee Community Services Center and the Salvation Army Olathe Corps.

The annual food drive campaign collects donations that directly benefit food pantries serving Johnson County citizens. The campaign first started in 1987 when the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office made a small donation to a Shawnee food pantry. Former employee Rick Beckwith saw the need to turn this effort into a county-wide effort.

Feed the Need hosted two fundraising events this year that included food booths, prize drawings and games. Employee events throughout the year that supported the effort included bake sales, a golf tournament, a chili cook-off and a 5K walk/run.

Since the program started, Johnson County Government has collected more than three million pounds of donations for local pantries.

Talk, Read, Play books distributed across county
April 3, 2019

This month, Talk, Read, Play distributed more than 440 books to multiple Head Start partners across Johnson County in efforts to encourage early literacy.

Earlier this year, Johnson County partnered with The Family Conservancy and United Community Services of Johnson County for Talk, Read, Play to engage residents to get involved and interact with children help develop a brighter future for them. One activity associated with Talk, Read, Play was a book drive with donation sites at various Johnson County Library locations. The book drive yielded 447 books for children under the age of file.

Books were distribute the first week of August to Berry Sweet Daycare, Busy Beez Childcare, Hiersteiner Child Development Center at Johnson County Community College, KidZone, Parkwood Day School and Tender Harts.

Talking, Reading and Playing with a child every day helps with brain development, self esteem and vocabulary — a key predictor of a child’s ability to succeed in school. School success leads to positive outcomes in the community. This means greater high school graduation rates, more skilled and contributing citizens and a reduced need for welfare programs.

Learn more about Talk, Read, Play at jocogov.org/talk-read-play.

Johnson County BOCC adopts 2017 budget
August 12, 2016

Yesterday the Johnson County Board of Commissioners adopted the county's 2017 budget with an estimated mill levy set at 26.595 mills, the same as the existing mill levy, which is the lowest among the 105 counties in Kansas. One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner's assessed valuation.

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the budget is approximately $944 million and includes expenditures estimated at $734.9 million with reserves set at $209.1 million. The General Fund reserve is estimated at $71.2 million, or approximately 23 percent, which helps the county maintain its AAA credit ratings by the nation's top three bond rating companies. Details about the fiscal year budget and process are available online.

Enjoy Saturday's parade at the fair
April 3, 2019

As part of this year’s Johnson County Fair — Blue Jeans and Country Dreams — the annual parade will be Saturday, Aug. 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m. It will snake through downtown Gardner and end at the county fairgrounds.

The parade will feature floats, riders on horseback, marching bands, clowns, antique roadsters and more, and will set a festive tone for the final full day of the county fair. Admission to the fairgrounds is free.

Other Saturday activities include:

  • 4-H/FFA project and market animal sale (starting at 1 p.m.)
  • Carnival rides (open at 4 p.m.)
  • Demolition derby (starts at 7 p.m., a gate charge applies to this event)

A detailed listing of events, schedules, fees and directions are available at www.jocokansasfair.com.

Primary results are in
April 3, 2019

Thousands of Johnson Countians turned out to vote in the Aug. 2 primary. Unofficial results are made public as soon as precinct totals are in, however, the county Board of Election Canvassers will convene next Monday (Aug. 8) to review and certify the election results.

A notable result includes the election of a new Johnson County Sheriff. All of the candidates were Republicans with no Democratic challenger, so the primary results were decisive. According to unofficial results, Calvin Hayden received 37 percent of the vote, John Resman received 34 percent and Dennis Hammer received 29 percent.

For more Johnson County election information, visit jocoelection.org.