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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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JoCo on the Go: 50 Plus turns 50
September 13, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #105, a popular Johnson County Park and Recreation program turns 50 this year. Hear from the 50 Plus department manager about all the exciting ways you can stay mentally and physically fit while enjoying some great social activities throughout the county. Hear from a long-time fitness instructor about the many opportunities to stay active and independent. Also learn about the program’s travel activities and pandemic-related accommodations, such as virtual classes, so everyone can feel safe getting involved. Finally, hear about this year’s much-anticipated Live Well Age Well event.

Also look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go.

JCPRD hosts virtual Live Well Age Well 2021
September 10, 2021

Now in its eleventh year with Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 50 Plus Program, this year’s virtual Live Well Age Well event features local experts providing tips, resources, and take-aways that are available either online or right here in our community. Virtual sessions will be held from 9am – 12:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 14 and Wednesday, Sept. 15.  

Registration is required. Attendance is limited to 275 and closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, Sept. 12th. To register, visit https://jcprd.com/livewellagewell.

The event is free to all registered attendees and will feature a variety of educational sessions, online resources, demonstrations, and door prize opportunities through the online video conference platform Zoom. 

Johnson County Charter Commission to receive public comment
September 10, 2021

The Johnson County Charter Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m., on Sept. 13, at the KU Edwards Campus BEST Conference Center, Overland Park, to receive comments on the Johnson County Home Rule Charter. The charter establishes the Charter Commission’s authority conduct comprehensive studies of any or all aspects of county government operations, including a review of the existing County Charter and major resolutions of the Charter Commission as they affect Johnson County Government operations.

The Charter Commission is comprised of 25 Johnson County residents who have been appointed by the various authorities as provided by state law. The charter approved by Johnson County voters in 2000 requires a Johnson County Charter Commission be established every 10 years to review Johnson County Government operations and present its findings and recommendations to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. Any recommendations for charter amendments must then be placed on a ballot for consideration by Johnson County voters in an election. 

Since March 1, the Charter Commission has met approximately twice monthly to learn about county departments, programs and services. Each meeting was broadcast through Facebook Live and is available online. The upcoming public hearing will allow the public an opportunity to provide feedback and comments for the Charter Commission’s consideration.

Public comment may be presented in several ways: 1) in person at the KU Edwards Campus, BEST Conference Center, 12604 Quivira Rd., Overland Park; 2) virtually through Zoom; or 3) through written comments. A time limit of three minutes has been set for each person presenting public comment.

Learn more about the Johnson County Charter Commission.

How to provide comment: Those wishing to speak by Zoom must pre-register at charter.jocogov.org by 11 a.m., Sept. 13. Those providing in-person comments may pre-register at charter.jocogov.org or may sign up at KU Edwards Campus beginning at 5 p.m., on Sept. 13. Written comment will also be accepted through an online submission form. A live broadcast will be available on Johnson County Government’s Facebook page.

In-person safety precautions: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, physical distancing will be observed for those choosing to participate in person. Seating will be limited. The University of Kansas requires that all visitors, including those who are fully vaccinated, must wear a cloth face covering, surgical/medical face mask or Powered Air-Purifying Respirator suit over their mouths and nose when in indoor common areas anywhere on the campus. Learn more about KU’s Public Health Safety Requirements. The Charter Commission will enforce these requirements.

Johnson County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those needing accommodations, such as a sign language or oral interpreter, can make a request at [email protected], by phone at 913-715-0430 or through the Kansas Relay Operator service at 800-766-3777. Accommodation requests should be made at least two business days prior to the event.

JoCo on the Go: JoCo Remembers 9/11
September 8, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #104, our world was forever changed 20 years ago. On this 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we remember where we were, the impact it had on us and the 2,977 lives lost that day. You’ll hear from Johnson County Airport Commission Executive Director Aaron Otto about his ties to the Pentagon and the realization of losing a friend killed during the attacks.

Also hear from Overland Park’s Jason Rhodes about the city’s 9/11 memorial that attracts people year after year. Find out what Overland Park has in store to observe the two decades that have passed. Also hear from Johnson County staff about the JoCo Remembers event, proclamation signing and impressive flag display to commemorate the anniversary. 

Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go and get a complete transcript of this episode.

Johnson County Government was formed 164 years ago
September 7, 2021

Johnson County Government is celebrating its 164th anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 7, as a local government organized in bygone Gum Springs, now the city of Shawnee.

Back in 1855, when Johnson County was created as one of the first 33 counties in the Territory of Kansas, the Territorial Legislature designated Gum Springs as the first county seat. The county tribunal held its initial meeting on Sept. 7, 1857 in Gum Springs. The name of the community apparently originated because logs of sweetgum trees were used to dam a creek. 

During this time, Gum Springs changed its name to Shawneetown. Olathe was chosen as the seat of the county government in an election in 1858 and was declared the permanent county seat by the Territorial Legislature the following year. Two years later, Kansas became a state.

Shawneetown was re-incorporated in 1922 as Shawnee in honor of the Indian tribe.

The rest is history.

JoCo Remembers event to commemorate 9/11
September 7, 2021

Johnson County Government and several partners will honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a temporary memorial display of 2,977, 2-foot American flags from Thursday, Sept. 9, through Monday, Sept. 13. Olathe West High School students will install the flags on Sept. 8.

A dedication of the display will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday, featuring comments from representatives of local first responders and Bob and Shirley Hemenway from Shawnee. Their son, Ronald Hemenway, a Navy serviceman, was killed in the attack on the Pentagon. He was 37 and the father of two young children. Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, will also speak and emcee the program.

The event will be streamed live on our website at jocogov.org/JohnsonCountyRemembers and on our Facebook page @jocogov. The public is encouraged to watch online. Limited seating for the dedication will be available. Physical distancing will be implemented, and masks are strongly encouraged. Public parking is available at the downtown garage, located at Cherry and Loula streets.  

Following the event, the Board of County Commissioners will issue a proclamation during its business session at 9:30 a.m., in the hearing room located on the third floor of the Administration Building to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks and the annual observance of Patriot Day, a Congressional designated National Day of Service and Remembrance on Saturday, Sept. 11. That meeting can be viewed at bocc.jocogov.org.