The Home Rule Charter is a legislative document that defines the structure, powers, purpose and functions of county government. The Johnson County Home Rule Charter is the first of its kind in the state of Kansas, and was enacted by a public vote during the November 2000 general election.
Per the Home Rule Charter, a 25-member Johnson County Charter Commission was appointed to review the charter and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for revisions every 10 years. Any changes to the Home Rule Charter require approval at an election.
The 1999 Charter Commission's final report was presented to the Board of County Commissioners on May 11, 2000.
The 2011 Charter Commission was established by the BOCC on January 13, 2011, by Resolution No. 003-11.
The 2011 Charter Commission’s final report was presented to the BOCC on Thursday, February 9, 2012, during their regularly scheduled business session meeting. More information about the meeting is available on the county’s legislative management website.