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County Manager's Office

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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Dispatcher saves community member with CPR over the phone
December 11, 2018

Diana Nickel suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while she was in Olathe watching her grandchildren. Her husband, Paul, called 911 and reached Emergency Communications Specialist Ashley Yockey. After gathering information about the location and nature of the emergency so she could dispatch emergency personnel, Yockey guided Paul through performing hands only CPR on his wife.

Dr. Ryan Jacobson, EMS medical director for Johnson County, resides close to the address and was the first responder on the scene. Once he arrived, he deployed his AED.

Diana was eventually transported to the hospital and was released just a few days later, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The Nickels have repeatedly shared their gratitude for both Yockey and Dr. Jacobson, including the bouquet pictured above with the numbers 1-2-3-4 in honor of the compressions count for CPR.

Johnson County MED-ACT provides AED and hands-only CPR training to groups in the community. Interested parties can reach out to the MED-ACT community education specialist at 913-715-1981.

Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications manages countywide emergency communications systems and dispatch services. Operations is responsible for the processing of emergency and non-emergency calls for assistance received on E911 (Enhanced 911) and 10-digit phone lines. Operations dispatches FIRE and EMS in Johnson County and EMS in Miami County

New background check requirement for child care providers starts Dec. 3
December 7, 2018

Beginning this month, child care providers in Kansas applying for or renewing a license are legally required to submit to a comprehensive background check, including fingerprints, for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home, daycare center or school-age program. Previously, background screening was only done for the State of Kansas; now the screening is done nationally.

This is a federal requirement that is intended to reduce the risk of abuse or neglect of children in regulated out-of-home child care settings. It also gives parents peace of mind that the individuals caring for their children do not have prior records of behavior that could endanger children.

Department of Health and Environment Child Care Licensing staff is working closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and local law enforcement agencies to make the process of completing the background check paperwork and fingerprinting smooth and efficient for providers. Many agencies will fingerprint child care providers for free or a nominal charge and without an appointment.

Child care providers who complete the license application or renewal process and receive their email or letter identifying who needs the comprehensive background screening, can pick up background check packets at the Child Care Licensing office located at 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Suite 2700, Olathe, during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

Providers must bring their renewal email or letter to pick up the packet(s) for their child care business. This is required for both home providers and facilities.

Questions about how to complete the background check paperwork or the fingerprinting process can be directed to the Child Care Licensing Division at 913-477-8339 or visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s website.

Help is still available before Medicare deadline Dec. 7
December 6, 2018

The Medicare Open Enrollment deadline is almost here. Johnson County residents who still have questions and need some guidance can get free help only a phone call away.  Johnson County K-State Research and Extension offers personalized assistance to county residents through plan comparisons. This service is available throughout the enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 7, 2018.

It is recommended that most people enroll in Medicare when they turn 65, even if they have health insurance from an employer. There are only certain times of the year when people can enroll. People should sign up three months before their 65th birthday, whether they want to begin receiving benefits or not. If you are new to Medicare or require additional assistance, you can get free counseling during the open enrollment period from extension agent Denise Dias. Call 913-715-7000 with questions or to make an appointment, or contact the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) Hotline at 1-800-860-5260.

Developmental Supports hosts Holiday Art Sale
December 4, 2018

Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) Emerging Artists Program will host its annual Holiday Art Sale on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to stop in and enjoy refreshments, conversations with the artists and a chance to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces of art. The sale will take place at Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212.

The JCDS Emerging Artists Program exists to develop the skills of Emerging Artists so that they may reach their full potential and receive income through the sale of their art. It provides an opportunity for this group to build meaningful relationships with professional artists in settings that are typical for those who are part of the local art community. The Emerging Artists are in varying stages of their artistic development and have all expressed a strong passion and enthusiasm for creating art. Creating art has also provided an opportunity to earn money in an industry that is not typically an option for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Local impacts of National Day of Mourning
December 4, 2018

In order to best serve our residents, Johnson County Government has decided to remain open to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, which President Trump has proclaimed as a National Day of Mourning, in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush. Remaining open is consistent with other city and county offices in our region.

Kansas state offices will be closed on Wednesday. Please note these clarifications relating to state services, which are closely tied to county government.

The Kansas Judicial Branch is participating in the state of Kansas’ observance. Johnson County District Courts will maintain core services to include court hearings, the Clerk’s office, and court services. Parents Forever and Pre-Trial Orientation will be provided as scheduled. The Help Center will be closed, however, self- represented litigants will be able to file documents with the Court. Case information is always available online at www.jococourts.org.

The county’s Olathe and Mission motor vehicle offices (vehicle registration and titling) will be open, but the Kansas Department of Revenue will not be available to provide support to counties on Wednesday.

It may be helpful to know that driver’s license offices, operated by the state, will not be open on Wednesday. The U.S. Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries and close post offices Dec. 5, but provide limited package delivery.

It's not too late to keep the flu at bay
December 3, 2018

It’s that time of year again — flu season. As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. The Department of Health and Environment recommends you get a flu vaccine now if you have not gotten vaccinated yet this season.

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccination can reduce your risk of flu illness, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu. Even if you are vaccinated and still get sick, flu vaccine can reduce the severity of your illness. Flu vaccination also can help protect women during and after pregnancy and protect the baby born to a vaccinated mom for several months after birth. Flu vaccine also has been shown to save children’s lives, prevent serious events associated with chronic lung disease, diabetes and heart disease, and prevent flu-related hospitalization among working age adults and older adults. Getting vaccinated isn’t just about keeping you healthy; it’s also about helping to protect others around you who may be vulnerable to becoming very sick, such as babies, older adults, and pregnant women.

It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season! Get your flu shot at one of the Johnson County Department of Health Environment’s walk-in health clinics conveniently located in Olathe or Mission.

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