Johnson County, Kansas (March 26, 2019) At a new location in the Olathe Conference Center on March 26, Chairman Ed Eilert’s message during the State of the County address focused on all of the important work being done to Build Strong Communities.
More than 700 people attended the event, sponsored by the Johnson County Public Policy Council and hosted by the Leawood Chamber of Commerce. Chairman Eilert kicked off his comments with a pop quiz, where attendees tested their Johnson County trivia prowess with a live polling tool. He wove the correct answers to the questions throughout his remarks.
In his speech, Chairman Eilert provided updates on the new Johnson County Courthouse, Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion, new Medical Examiner Facility, Meadowbrook Park and the new Lenexa Library.
“Building a strong community requires investing for Johnson County today and Johnson County yet to come,” said Chairman Eilert. “In doing so, it has been a very busy year with capital projects starting or nearing completion in all corners of our county.”
The chairman highlighted the work several county departments are doing, including the Department of Corrections and Johnson County Developmental Supports, to train clients in marketable skills and support them in their efforts to gain competitive employment.
The address also recognized the important work done by the county’s Human Services department and Mental Health Center to serve vulnerable populations. In 2018, Johnson County was selected as one of seven counties in the nation as a Stepping Up Innovator County by the National Association of Counties.
The chairman closed with commentary on the important work done by county staff every day in collaboration with community partners to make Johnson County one of the best counties in the country.
“Our future is brighter, our challenges will be met and our communities will continue to be known as great places to live, work and raise a family,” Eilert said.