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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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Recognizing our Department of Corrections
May 2, 2016

This week Johnson County is recognizing National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. Johnson County’s Department of Corrections has approximately 300 employees who are responsible for the custody, care, and rehabilitation of thousands of offenders every year, as well as the maintenance of safe and secure facilities.

Some of the specific work done by the Department of Corrections includes managing the Adult Residential Center, Intensive Supervision and House Arrest program, Juvenile Services, the Johnson County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center and more.

“Correctional officers and the employees who support them have demanding work and often times face difficult circumstances,” said Betsy Gillespie, director of the Johnson County Department of Corrections. “They teach, train, mentor, counsel, and treat thousands of offenders on probation and parole in the community and those detained in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities, providing offenders with direction, hope and a new focus while preparing them for reentry and life outside of corrections.”

On Thursday, April 28, Chairman Ed Eilert proclaimed May 1-7, 2016 as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. The employees who accepted the proclamation are (pictured above, left to right): Juvenile Intake Specialist Brian Lyle; Project Manager Keith Clark; Juvenile Shift Supervisor Miles Conner; Youth Care Advisor LaShawn Jackson; Youth Residential Case Manager Teresa Hughley; Director of the Adult Residential Center Antonio Booker; Director of the Juvenile Services Center Ted Jester; Dept. of Corrections Director Betsy Gillespie; Correctional Advisor Gabriel Fossoh; Transportation Officer Gay Andrews; Residential Case Manager Lamar Delt; Resource Developer John Boyd; and Board of County Commissioner’s Chairman Ed Eilert.

More information about our Department of Corrections is available here.

Weekend fun courtesy of JCPRD
April 29, 2016

If the weather holds up, there are two opportunities for fun at Johnson County Park & Recreation District facilities on Saturday.

A day of adventure awaits at the TimberRidge Adventure Center. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes activities including kayaking, canoeing, archery and more. More information is available here

You can also enjoy catch-and-release fishing, arts and crafts and a day of exploration at Mildale Farm Community Day. Please find more details on that event at this link. 


Inaugural Citizens Academy class recognized
April 28, 2016

Congratulations to the below-listed 29 individuals for completing Johnson County Government’s inaugural Citizens Academy program. The graduates were each presented with an individual Certificate of Recognition during this morning’s Board of County Commissioners meeting.

The Citizens Academy participants met for three hours one evening per week for eight weeks to learn about the roles, responsibilities and day-to-day operations of county government. During sessions, the group heard presentations from staff and took tours of various county departments and agencies, including Public Works, Human Services, Libraries, Developmental Supports, Park and Recreation, the Sheriff’s Office and others.

Throughout the program, the inaugural class participants demonstrated their commitment to their community by brining energy and enthusiasm to each session, as well as inquiring about volunteer opportunities and board-appointed service.

The County Manager’s Office is currently reviewing participant feedback from the pilot program to determine if there will be another Citizens Academy program in the future, and if so how it can be modified to be an even better experience for the engaged citizens who participate. View a Flickr album of photos from the Citizens Academy sessions, click here and for details about the program or to apply, visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy.

  • Adrianna Meder
  • Amanda Keller
  • Amy Miller
  • Arthur J. “Art” Donnely
  • Beverly Rice
  • Bill Jacobson
  • Carey Bickford
  • Carol Watts
  • Cathy Weaver
  • Danielle Bergeron
  • Darren Shafer
  • Daryl Reece
  • David Hill
  • Ellyce Steck
  • James Breneman
  • Lan Strickland
  • Lois Maxwell
  • Mary Estrada
  • Mary Guntert
  • Michael Copeland
  • Pamela Boyd
  • Patrick Walsh
  • Patrick Williams
  • Paula Hammer
  • Stoney Bogan
  • Tanner Banion
  • Tim Urban
  • Vicki Denk
  • William Lietzke
Funding authorization for second phase of JCW project
April 27, 2016

Johnson County Wastewater staff will present a five year Capital Improvement Plan to the Board of County Commissioners in a Committee of the Whole Session at 1 p.m., Thursday, Apr. 28. The presentation will address plant and sewer expansions, as well as permit/regulatory projects and renewal/replace for 2017-2021. JCW operates and maintains more than 5,600 assets at seven plants and 31 pump stations. JCW also operates and maintains 2,200 miles of pipe and 56,000 manholes.

One of those JCW projects to be discussed is the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion and upgrade.  The plant, located at 10701 Lee Boulevard in Leawood, was originally built in 1955. More than 60 years later, times have changed and so have the needs of the facility. New water quality regulations require upgrades to the existing Tomahawk Creek facility to improve water quality in Indian Creek and downstream waters.

The Tomahawk facility currently treats seven million gallons per day, 40 percent of the wastewater collected from parts of Leawood, Olathe, Overland Park and Prairie Village. The remaining 60 percent is currently sent to Kansas City, Mo., for treatment. In 2016, $17 million was budgeted for payments to Kansas City, Mo. The cost to continue sending flow and paying Kansas City for treatment will substantially increase because of the city's $4.5 billion planned infrastructure improvements over the next several decades.

Johnson County Wastewater has studied how to accomplish two goals in the most cost-effective manner:

  1. Meeting new water quality regulations requiring upgrades to the existing treatment facility.
  2. Confirm a previous study recommendation to expand the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility and discontinue sending flow to Kansas City, Mo.

The study recommended investing to expand the Tomahawk Creek Facility to treat all flow as the most cost-effective, long-term solution.

At its regular meeting on May 5, the Board will consider authorization of funding for the second phase of the project – the design phase – for $21,387,000. Black & Veatch was awarded the $280 million project in 2014.

Please visit www.jocogov.org/dept/wastewater/engineering/public-projects/tomahawk-creek-wastewater-treatment-facility for project details and updates.

The public may view Board meetings and Committee of the Whole sessions online at http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/meetresults.aspx?pagetype=broadcast.

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.