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Johnson County holds swearing-in ceremony for three new, two re-elected officials

The Honorable Ryan Kelly, chief judge of the Tenth Judicial District Court, administered the oath of office to three new and two re-elected Johnson County officials during an inaugural ceremony on Monday, Jan. 11.

In his opening remarks, Judge Kelly, noted that the county’s 2021 swearing-in ceremony was unprecedented as he had never presided over such an event which was offered virtually, made necessary by the precautions being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following officials were inducted to their elected county office as part of the proceedings:

Steve Howe, District Attorney. Howe was elected to a four-term term in the 2020 General Elections on Nov. 3, 2020, his third term since first being elected in 2008. 

Calvin Hayden, Sheriff. He was re-elected to a second four-year term in the November General Elections. 

Jeff Meyers, Second District Commissioner. A former member of the Shawnee City Council, he succeeds Jim Allen, Shawnee, who served on the Board of County Commissioners for the past 12 years. The Second District includes the cities of Shawnee and Lake Quivira along with northern Lenexa.

Charlotte O’Hara, Third District Commissioner. O’Hara succeeds Steve Klika who served two terms as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, representing the city of Spring Hill, the southern half of the cities of Overland Park and Leawood, and the southeastern unincorporated quadrant of the county. 

Shirley Allenbrand, Sixth District Commissioner. She succeeds Mike Brown who served on the Board for four years. The Sixth District includes the cities of Gardner, De Soto, Edgerton, the western portion of Olathe, and unincorporated areas in southwestern and western Johnson County.

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