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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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Apply for the JoCo Citizens Academy by Aug. 9
July 30, 2016

The Johnson County Citizens Academy debuted in the Spring of 2016. It takes as its mission statement the words of Margaret Mead: “Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever does.” We aim to support an informed citizenry in progressing the quality of life in Johnson County through volunteerism, board membership, and networking. We hope you will join us.

The Citizens Academy allows opportunities for community-minded individuals to discover what makes our high quality of life possible through behind the scene tours, hands-on activities, and conversations with county staff. Come visit with commissioners, explore the county budget, tour corrections facilities and try out a fire hose! Upon completion, graduates will receive a certificate and get connected to the growing network of academy alumni. 

Apply today for the fall session, which starts Sept. 6 and meets weekly until Nov. 8. For additional details and to apply, visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy.

QUOTES FROM ACADEMY ALUMNI

  • "I was thrilled to be selected into the first-ever Johnson County Citizens Academy. I love learning and I realized I needed to know more about government; right here in my county seemed to be the perfect place to start!!! I encourage all JoCo residents to consider active participation in our spectacular community . . . This course was a real eye-opener!!!" — Cathy Weaver
  • "One of the sessions I liked best was the tour of Consolidated Fire District No. 2. The session included interesting, informative presentations by the fire chief and the director of Med-ACT. Touring the station, seeing the equipment, and talking to the firefighters were the highlights. Overall, a great session!" — Vicki Denk
  • My son was home this week from Fort Worth and was talking about the next place they move to he hopes will be more like where he grew up. Our children go out in the world, but they still look for the comforts of home, especially when they start their families.” — Mary Guntert
  • “After completing this program, I looked for ways to give back. I chose to participate in the Meals on Wheels program, attended a Mental Health First Aid training class and currently work as a volunteer at the Election Headquarters. I will be forever grateful for having been given this priceless opportunity.” — Pam Boyd
2017 county budget hearing set for Aug. 1
April 3, 2019

The public hearing regarding the proposed 2017 fiscal year Johnson County budget will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., in the Johnson County Board of Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry Street in Olathe, Kansas. The hearing will be broadcast live online.

The BOCC is scheduled to consider adoption of the 2017 budget resolution during its business session on Thursday, Aug. 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m., also in the BOCC Hearing Room. According to state statute, the county’s new budget must be approved and filed with the county clerk by Aug. 25.

Details about the proposed 2107 budget, current 2016 budget and the budgetary process is online.

Horticulture Center Field Day takes root on July 30
April 3, 2019

The 2016 Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Center’s Field Day is set for this Saturday, July 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m

The event, located at 35230 West 135th Street in Olathe, offers participants a peek behind the scenes at the hottest, new plants that grow best in local landscapes, talks with the experts about lawn and garden issues, time to enjoy cool classes in air-conditioned comfort and ice water to sip while wandering the field trials.

Admission for the event $5 per person (at the gate) and includes a cold bottled water. Lunch will be available for purchase during the event. 

Residents can bring a sample of their soil and have one free soil test per Johnson County address, complements of Johnson County Stormwater Management. Check out their website to learn how to take a soil sample.

More information about the field day is available by calling (913) 715-7000 or visiting the event page online.

Add your input to the RideKC Transit Plan
April 3, 2019

Transit stakeholders across the Kansas City region have been working on increasing the connections between people and employment. Johnson County Government is an active partner in these efforts and encourages to input from our county’s residents.

The Mid-America Regional Council will be hosting a public meeting so residents can provide input and share information on their transit experiences.

Thursday, July 28
4:30–6 p.m.

Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty Street, Overland Park, KS 66204
Bus routes: 556, 664

There will be a 20-minute presentation at 4:40 p.m., and the remainder of the meeting will be an open house. If you’re unable to make this meeting, others are available across the region. A transit survey is also available online.

How to save time waiting at Motor Vehicle offices
July 25, 2016

Need to title or register a vehicle, renew a vehicle registration, or visit a Johnson County Motor Vehicle office for another reason, but don’t want to wait in a long line? Get “in line” online, by phone or via the Qless app so you can keep working, run errands, or do whatever your day requires as you move toward the front of the line, rather than having to wait in person at the Motor Vehicle office.

To put yourself in the electronic queue, simply visit www.jocogov.org/treasurer and click on the “Reserve Now” button for whichever office location you prefer to visit (Olathe or Mission) on the right side of the screen under the “Get In Line at Motor Vehicle” heading. If you’d rather get in line using a telephone, call 1-888-956-2657 and follow the prompts. Or if smartphone apps are more your thing, download the Qless app (available through both iOS and Android app stores) and follow the on-screen instructions to put yourself in line. No matter which method you use to get in the queue, you can choose to receive line status updates through cell phone text messages or automated phone calls on a cell phone or land line.

Johnson County Motor Vehicle offices are open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind that if the estimated wait time exceeds the hours of operation, you will not be able to check-in online or by phone until the following business day.

Please keep in mind that estimated wait times may vary based on the number of customers who place themselves in line online and who walk-in to our offices.

Click here for additional information about our line queuing system or call 913-826-1800 if you need assistance.

Extreme heat expected through Saturday evening
April 3, 2019

In the Kansas City region, including Johnson County, temperatures are predicted to reach the high 90s with heat indexes over 100 degrees.

All residents and visitors to the area should take caution in these rising temperatures. Though hours of operation may vary, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment have identified local cooling stations in Johnson County at which people can rest and recharge.

As reminder, during extremely hot weather such as this:

  • Do not use a fan as your primary source of cooling. If no air conditioning, visit a public building or cooling center.
  • Check on your neighbors, friends and relatives at least twice a day (morning and night).
  • Never leave children or pets in closed vehicles. In a matter of minutes, temperatures inside a car can reach over 140 degrees and can kill.
  • If you have to work outside or without air conditioning, make sure to take frequent breaks, rest in the shade and drink plenty of water.
  • Start drinking fluids before going out in the heat. Drink plenty of water and avoid drinks with high sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
  • Avoid overexposure to the sun and postpone outdoor activities and games.

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