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Looking for a job in law enforcement? Consider the Johnson County Sheriff's Office
May 22, 2017

If you’re searching for something more than just a job, then consider the challenge and opportunity of joining the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office

As the fastest growing law enforcement agency in Johnson County, the Sheriff’s Office offers a full range of public safety duties, with numerous career development opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is making a concerted effort in active recruiting, with a goal of being fully staffed by the end of 2017. Last fall, the shortfall was 60 positions, and 37 of those have been filled.

Since January, representatives of the Sheriff’s Office have visited approximately 50 schools either through a career fair or classroom visits. Those efforts netted about 153 student contacts and they are already prepping for the fall career fair schedule. 

“We hope to visit even more classrooms so we can speak to students about law enforcement and the career opportunities with the Sheriff’s Office,” said Master Deputy Rick Howell with the sheriff’s Personnel Division. “Currently, we have about 40 positions open. The number fluctuates because we have people leaving for retirement and other opportunities.”

The office is hiring for Deputy Sheriffs and Civilian Specialists and offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including health, dental, vision, life insurance, vacation and sick leave, short-term disability, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, 457(b) deferred compensation, 401(a) supplemental retirement, wellness programs, and flexible spending accounts.

As a deputy sheriff, opportunities include, but are not limited to:  Patrol, Investigations, Crime Scene Investigation, Court Security, Detention, Warrants, Civil, Communications, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), Tag Registration, School Resource Officer, K-9, Support Services, and many more.  The Sheriff’s Office operates out of multiple locations throughout Johnson County, including the Johnson County Courthouse, Crime Laboratory, Communications Center, Training Center, Operations Center, Justice Annex, and two Detention Centers.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was established in 1861 and has grown from a one man office to a highly skilled and advanced law enforcement agency. The Sheriff’s Office is the fastest growing law enforcement agency in Johnson County and is presently comprised of more than 500 sworn officers and a support staff of approximately 150 employees.

Wastewater, Sheriff’s Office among current budget discussions
May 19, 2017

The Board of County Commissioners on Thursday heard budget proposals for FY 2018 from leadership at Wastewater, Sheriff’s Office, Elections, Library and Park & Recreation.

Wastewater

Wastewater leaders are recommending lowering the 2018 rate increase from 7.5 percent to 7 percent. Based on financial analysis by Burns & McDonnell, the median residential bill would increase $2.31 per month in 2018.  The company’s analysis also finds that JCW’s typical monthly bills are among the lowest in the region when looking at median residential usage.

The budget includes several requests for additional resources: $4.9 million for an inter-local agreement with Kansas City, Missouri; $155,000 for trash and sludge removal; $100,000 for billing software upgrades; $216,000 for plan review; and $77.4 million for Wastewater capital projects (self-funded by capital finance charges and bond proceeds).

Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office budget proposal includes two requests for additional resources: $676,900 for contractual and commodity increases and $926,000 for a vehicle storage facility, with $80.4 million for 2018’s total published budget excluding risk management. The proposal includes 651.95 full-time equivalent employees and $75.3 million in budgeted tax support.

Sheriff Cal Hayden reported that his office has filled 37 out of 60 open positions recently with the assistance of the county’s human resource partners. His goal is for the office to be fully staffed by the end of 2017.

Election Office

The Election Office’s budget proposal includes five requests for additional resources: $1.3 million for the 2018 gubernatorial election; $50,000 for the election worker training facility; $164,000 for advance voting postcards (not currently funded in the FY 2018 budget); $12,500 for an election center professional education program; and $13.1 million for next-generation voting machines.

The total published Election Office budget is $4 million, excluding cost allocation, risk management and vehicle equivalent units, with $3.41 million in budgeted tax support and 17 full-time equivalent employees.

Library

The Library’s FY 2018 proposal includes a $36.02 million total published budget — excluding risk management, with $34.49 million in budgeted tax support and 306.68 full-time equivalent employees.

The 2018 requests for additional resources include four items: $642,212 for nine full-time positions to provide branch and system-wide support; $1.14 million for a capital replacement plan; $285,000 for materials handling sorters; and $1.8 million for the comprehensive library master plan to fund future projects.

The Library’s current mill rate is 3.915, and the 2018 proposed budget includes debt service for the Monticello Library and the new Lenexa City Center location, as well as full-time positions and operating costs for opening Monticello in FY 2018.

In 2016 the Board of County Commissioners increased the library mill an additional 0.75 mills to renovate, replace, expand and build facilities based on the library’s comprehensive master plan.

Park & Recreation

The 2018 proposed JCPRD budget maintains a flat mill levy at 3.102 mills, with $36.7 million as the total published budget — $33.2 million in budgeted tax support and 143.33 in budgeted full-time positions.

Park & Recreation’s 2018 proposal includes $14.8 million for its capital improvement plan, continuing implementation of JCPRD’s legacy plan and development of new parks (Meadowbrook, Big Bull Creek and Cedar Niles) and trails (Coffee Creek, Kill Creek and Cedar Creek).

JCPRD’s requests for additional resources include positions for park managers and workers, a natural resources technician, a performing arts administrative assistant, a recreation coordinator and an aquatic stadium facility maintenance supervisor.

The 2018 JCPRD proposal includes minimal land acquisition.

Learn more online

Next week, the Board of County Commissioners will meet Monday and Wednesday to consider the final 2018 budget proposal. Budget meetings are broadcast on the county's website and more information about the proposed FY 2018 budget is available online.

Citizen satisfaction levels continue to go up
May 18, 2017

Each year, we ask for input on how we're doing as a county government through a community survey. Our residents gave Johnson County a 97 percent satisfaction rating as a place to live, a 96 percent satisfaction rating as a place to raise children and a 90 percent satisfaction rating as a place to work.

All of these numbers are up from last year. In fact, they are well above the ratings of similar size communities across the nation and well above the national average.

The survey, conducted by ETC Institute in Olathe, selected random households by mail and phone. A total of 1,644 men and women of all ages from across the county responded.

Surveyed residents gave the county a 95 percent satisfaction level for quality of life, 95 percent for overall image of the county, 92 percent for public safety and 86 percent for overall quality of county service, the latter of which represents a 2 percent increase from 2016 and is 41 percent above the satisfaction level of counties in similar size communities in the U.S. Ninety-one percent of those surveyed indicated an overall feeling of safety in the county.

For more survey results including information on specific county departments, check out the online report.

Help protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors
May 17, 2017

Unprofessional professionals are beginning to pop up in Johnson County as residents turn to around-the-house projects that occupy their free time and weekends.

Certainly a little help wouldn’t hurt, but homeowners should be careful whom they hire. Too often, they are left with shoddy home repairs, incomplete work, poor cleanup after the project is done or higher bills for unneeded or more expensive materials.

The Johnson County Contractor Licensing program of the Department of Planning, Development, and Codes provides up-to-date contractor listings. One of the many reasons the program was established was to protect public welfare by assuring that those undertaking the construction, alteration, repair or demolition of structures are licensed to perform such services in Johnson County.

The program is responsible for issuing and tracking 10 types of construction contractor licenses. In doing so, it establishes and maintains minimum standards for licensing contractors and provides quality continuing education to enhance contractor knowledge of building codes. The program teaches contractors local, national and international building codes.

The Contractor Licensing program provides a list of contractors by their license type, including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, roofing, framing, swimming pools/spas and other residential home improvements. The list only includes licensed contractors with an “active license.”

Licensed contractors must provide evidence of insurance to obtain and maintain a license to do work in Johnson County. They must keep in force a policy of general liability insurance, including completed operations coverage.

Some home improvements require a building permit from the local city or county jurisdiction. A building permit ensures an independent, third-party construction expert working for residents by periodically inspecting their project. If a permit is required, residents should require that the contractor gets the permit. They should not hire contractors who suggest it will save time or money to avoid the permit and inspection process.

Our Contractor Licensing program offers two ways to check a Johnson County contractor’s license status. One is by calling 913-715-2233. Although staff cannot recommend contractors, they will be happy to verify the status of any license.

The other way to check a contractor’s license status is using the licensed contractor search feature on the program’s webpage that’s accessible through the county’s website at jocogov.org.

In selecting a contractor, Consumer Reports offers a few tips for getting the right deal regarding home improvements:

  • Homeowners are encouraged to get multiple estimates for their projects. If bids vary wildly, find out why — don’t assume the lowest price is the best deal.
  • Homeowners should also check references, which the contractor should provide.
  • A written contract is a must, noting every detail about the job, including materials, cleanup details, warranties and a payment schedule.
  • Never pay in cash or pay up front for work to be done and be sure to get a signed receipt.
  • Don’t make the final payment or sign a final release until you are completely satisfied with the work; delay the final payment until the building permit has final inspection approval.
  • Finally, homeowners should know their rights. The Federal Trade Commission has established a rule for a cooling-off period for canceling some home improvement contracts. The rule and state laws may allow homeowners to cancel a contract within a certain amount of time (usually three business days) after contract approval by giving written notice to the contractor or lender. Such laws also usually require that a written notice of these rights and a cancellation form be given by the contractor to the property owner at the time of agreement.

Any suspicious activity involving possible scams or home repair fraud should be reported to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division at 913-715-3003. Valuable information is accessible at da.jocogov.org.

Library breaks ground on new Shawnee branch
May 15, 2017

On May 10, Johnson County Library launched construction of the Monticello Library in Shawnee with a ceremonial groundbreaking that included Chairman Ed Eilert. 

The $18.1 million, two-story, 33,548 square-foot building will feature floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides designed for natural light, visible to those driving by on Shawnee Mission Parkway.

The first-floor plan will feature shelves for new books and materials, a large area for children's materials and programming, cozy seating available along the windows, two private study rooms, an area for DVDs, magazines and other media, and a large meeting room to seat up to 100 people.

The second-floor plan will host the adult fiction and nonfiction areas, teen materials, two collaborative technology rooms, public computers, two smaller public meeting rooms and three additional study rooms. An ecologically sensitive green roof adjoins a roof-top terrace.

Construction will continue on the project until mid-2018 and the library is expected to open in the fall of 2018. To keep up on the project, visit the Monticello project webpage.

Netflix series raises questions about mental health, suicide
May 15, 2017

The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has raised questions about the mental health and safety of children in schools. The show depicts scenes of teens being bullied, sexually harassed and assaulted, and a graphic suicide death. The graphic nature of the show and the narrative of hopelessness around suicide and bullying have many in the suicide prevention community concerned. 

The Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center shares concerns about the series and feels it is important to provide parents and other concerned adults some guidance in having conversations with their teens about the show. If they are going to watch it, we need to talk with them about it. The JED Foundation and SAVE developed a discussion guide soon after the premiere of the show. 

Suicide and mental health resources

  • Sexual assault services are available through The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center in Lawrence and MOCSA in Kansas City. They believe people and offer help if they have been a victim. 24-hour crisis line in Kansas: 913-642-0233; 24-hour crisis line in Missouri: 816-531-0233
  • If you are concerned about your teen it is best to ask about suicide as directly as possible, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” This will not put an idea in their head that wasn’t already there, but if the answer is yes, it is the best way to start having an important conversation about safety.
  • Help for those thinking about suicide is available 24/7 calling 1-800-273-TALK or clicking “Chat Now” on NSPL.ORG. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is staffed by caring, highly trained individuals.
  • Anxiety and depression are treatable. Primary care doctors and the local community mental health center are good places to start asking for help.
  • Suicide is preventable when we ask, listen and talk about what is going on with each other.

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is providing an opportunity for our community to join together to ask questions and learn of the resources available in our community surrounding these topics during a community discussion May 18 at the Central Resource Library on Thursday, May 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.