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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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Johnson County criminal justice team attends D.C. summit
April 27, 2016

A team of criminal justice and behavioral health professionals from Johnson County attended a two-day summit in Washington D.C. last week that brought together select teams from U.S. counties of all sizes as part of a national initiative to address the mental health crisis in our nation’s jails.

The Stepping Up Summit convened jail administrators, law enforcement officials, county elected officials, mental health professionals and other stakeholders from 50 jurisdictions across the country. The Johnson County delegation included Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, Assistant County Manager Maury Thompson, Johnson County Mental Health Director Tim DeWeese and Criminal Justice Coordinator Robert Sullivan.

You can read more in this news release

Johnson County Assistant County Manager Maury Thompson spoke on a panel about strategies to leverage state and federal funds for behavioral health care services. That video is available at this link (please scroll down to April 19 and view the second video clip.)

Threat of severe weather today
April 26, 2016

The National Weather Service has predicted two rounds of storms will impact the KC metro today including Johnson County. Our Emergency Management team is keeping an eye on the sky today, and you can take several steps to make sure you are ready for severe weather.


Think solar this Earth Day
April 22, 2016

Have you ever considered harnessing the power of solar energy? Johnson County has taken great strides to make solar an easier solution for Johnson County residents and businesses. Due to these efforts, Johnson County Government recently received recognition from the Mid-America Regional Council as a gold-level Solar Ready Community.

The are several types of “sun energy” systems that fit in the category of solar.

  • Solar hot water systems may be roof or ground mounted (to replace or augment a typical residential hot water heater)
  • Passive solar systems (windows, walls and floors made to collect, store and distribute solar energy)
  • Photovoltaic solar systems which generate electricity

If you are curious about solar, there are some helpful resources available. Our Solar Installation page provides construction guidelines and a checklist on how to apply for a permit. You can also map the solar potential of your house with the Metro Kansas City Solar Map. Below are pictures of solar installations from residents in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County.

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Solar array

Plans advance for new courthouse and coroner facility
April 22, 2016

Today, the Johnson County commissioners agreed to move forward on a new courthouse and coroner facility. The proposed funding is a 10-year 1/4 cent public safety sales tax. In May, county staff will bring back to the Board of County Commissioners language that, if approved by a vote, will be placed on the ballot for the November 2016 general election.

The full news release is available here.



Committee of the Whole to decide direction on courthouse
April 20, 2016

On April 21, the Board of County Commissioners will make a decision on the future of the Johnson County Courthouse and a new coroner facility during a Committee of the Whole session. Last week, the committee was audience to the results of the public engagement campaign about the courthouse and coroner facilities. Now, the Board of County Commissioners will make a decision on whether to continue to maintain the current courthouse or move forward to fund and construct a new courthouse that can better support our community’s growing population and safety, security and accessibility needs.

As part of the public engagement, six open house meetings were held across the county where the residents could view displays of the current courthouse, financial impacts, study information and renderings of a new courthouse concept, watch a 10-minute video, hear from the consultant team and ask questions of local officials and county employees.

If the committee decides to move forward with a new courthouse, they must also determine which funding strategy to pursue for finance the project. Three funding options are on the table, as presented during the public engagement campaign:

  • A 1/4-cent sales tax for 10 years.
  • A 1/8-cent sales tax plus a mill levy increase for 10 years.
  • A mill levy increase for 20 years.

The Committee of the Whole meeting will take place this Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor of the Admin Building at 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe, KS 66061. The public can attend the meeting in person or watch it live online.

Share your vision for Monticello Library in Shawnee
April 22, 2016

Before the blueprints and the concrete, the Johnson County Library wants to know: What do you want at the Monticello Library that's coming to western Shawnee?

Here's a homework assignment. Visit the Central Resource Libraryand have a look around at the renovations. We implemented a lot of ideas from patrons. Should we borrow any of those for the new Monticello Library?

Share your vision online or in-person at the public input session Tuesday, April 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Shawnee Library (6518 Vista Ave, Shawnee, KS 66218).