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County manager named 2017 Outstanding Public Administrator
April 21, 2017

Hannes Zacharias, county manager of Johnson County, has been named the 2017 Outstanding Public Administrator by the Kansas chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

Zacharias has served as county manager for Johnson County since 2009, joining the county as assistant county manager in 2001 and as deputy county manager in 2005. His career in public management spans nearly 40 years, including appointments as assistant to the city manager of Lawrence, Kansas; city administrator of Boonville, Missouri; and city manager of Hays, Kansas.

“Hannes is extremely deserving of this honor,” said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Commission. “His passion for public service, his desire to continuously improve the organization and his strong leadership abilities are evident in the work he does every day for Johnson County. I’m very pleased to see him receive this recognition.”

Zacharias will receive the award April 21 at a public service recognition luncheon in Wichita, Kansas. The award recognizes outstanding performance in the practice of public administration.

“Hannes is an inspiring leader and a dedicated public servant,” said deputy county manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. “His commitment to the Johnson County community and the county workforce is unmatched. I am proud to serve under his leadership and appreciate the sincere mentorship he has given me and others in public administration.”

“The selection committee was impressed by the deep support expressed for Hannes’ leadership as well as his many contributions to public service,” said KU associate professor Heather Getha-Taylor, who chaired the award selection committee. “The nominators collectively echoed Hannes’ enduring passion for public service, which inspires others.”

Zacharias serves as an instructor in the graduate program at the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration. He also teaches professional development courses for the KU Public Management Center.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. He is a native of Dodge City, Kansas.

BOCC sets strategic priorities
April 18, 2017

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners has the exclusive power to enact, amend and repeal public policies; to levy and apportion taxes, make appropriations and adopt budgets; to establish strategic
plans to guide organizational performance; and to appoint the county manager and certain offices, boards and commissions.

Here are the BOCC's nine strategic priorities that were adopted for the next 18 months.

JCW names new Chief Engineer
April 14, 2017

Aaron Witt has accepted the position as JCW's Chief Engineer, effective immediately. He has been with JCW since 1999 and served as the Interim Chief Engineer since last September. The Chief Engineer is responsible for JCW’s engineering activities and oversees the Asset Management and Capital Improvement Programs, as well as sewer development and the district creation process.

Witt has been the Engineering Manager for the Existing Infrastructure group since 2007, leading 13 engineering and O&M support staff members. His group oversees the planning, design and construction of capital improvement projects of up to $90 million per year, including the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility Expansion and Improvements Project.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to work with our organization and our stakeholders as we continue to look for ways to improve the achievement of JCW's mission - protecting our environment, serving our customers, and enhancing our communities," Witt said.

In addition, Witt has served in other interim roles at JCW including Asset Manager, Assistant O&M Director for Collections, and previously as Interim Chief Engineer. He also works to advance industry issues at the local, state, and national levels. Witt is one of the authors of a Water Environment Federation special publication on private property infiltration and inflow and has presented numerous papers at conferences both locally and nationally.

"Aaron’s breadth of experience and knowledge of the department makes him the perfect candidate to fulfill the responsibilities of Chief Engineer with all that is currently happening at JCW," said Susan Pekarek, JCW's general manager.

County extension office hires new director
April 11, 2017

On April 9, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension welcomed its new director, Tara Markley. In this role, she’ll provide administrative leadership for the county extension office’s educational programming, fiscal operations, personnel and marketing, and will serve as the county extension agent for the community development program.

Markley earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation, park and tourism administration from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University. She has most recently been a research project coordinator for the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research. Prior to this position, she served as the 4-H youth development extension agent for Johnson County. Before joining county extension, she was director of the Heartland Program and Innovation Center for Camp Fire.

K-State Research and Extension’s mission is to encourage the adoption of research-based information to improve the quality of life for Kansans. Learn more at johnson.k-state.edu or 913-715-7000.

Two Sheriff's Office deputies recognized
April 10, 2017

Congratulations to Master Deputy Kristina Martinez and Master Deputy Anjanette Deer of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for receiving awards during Mid-America Regional Council's 20th Annual Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration on Friday, April 7. The celebration  celebrate 9-1-1 calltakers and emergency dispatch personnel who work behind the scenes answering life-saving calls from citizens. 

Master Deputy Kristina Martinez received an Everyday Hero award for displaying a confident, calm demeanor at the communications center, especially during high-priority events. She effectively manages 9-1-1 callers in incredibly stressful situations and elicits necessary information for responding officers. Well respected by her peers and supervisors, Martinez exhibits a positive attitude, professionalism, adaptability and a genuine concern for the community.

Master Deputy Anjanette Deer received an Outstanding Training Performance award for the important role she plays in training deputies in the communications division. She conducts the final checkout of trainees and verifies concerns about struggling trainees. Her detailed evaluations are relied upon when deciding whether to pass a trainee. Deer also provides National Crime Information Center training to new deputies within the Sheriff’s Office, instructs new hires on proper communication through radio equipment and serves as lead writer in the divisional directive committee.

Read more about the awards on MARC.org and view photos from the event on MARC's Flickr account.

Tire recycling for JoCo residents on Saturday
April 6, 2017

Recycle your old, worn or unwanted car, truck or bike tires! Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is hosting a tire recycling event on Saturday, April 8 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at our Household Hazardous Waste facility at 5901 Jim Bills Road in Mission. 

This event is for Johnson County residents only and no commercial drop-offs are allowed. Limit seven tires per household. For more information, visit jocogov.org and search "tire recycling," Johnson County Recycles' Facebook page or call Todd Rogers at 913-715-6904.