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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 Consolidated Fire District #2 among those deployed to Louisiana
September 7, 2021

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management, along with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Kansas Forest Service coordinated the deployment of personnel and equipment from five Kansas fire departments on Saturday, Sept. 4, to Louisiana to provide support in and around areas affected by Hurricane Ida. The department personnel are deploying as part of an Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a multistate agreement that allows states to send government aid to other states in emergency situations.

Twenty-three fire department personnel, along with six type 1 engines and a command vehicle, from Johnson County, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe and Wichita left on Sept. 4, for Louisiana. The EMAC deployment will support fire operations in southern Louisiana. Crews will be based out of Thibodaux and work 48-hour shifts out of a fire station and 48-hour shifts in the base camp in Thibodaux. The deployment will be 16 days total, with 14 days on the ground.

The departments supporting the deployment are Wichita Fire Department, two type 1 engines, one command vehicle and seven personnel; Leawood Fire Department, one type 1 engine and four personnel; Lenexa Fire Department, one type 1 engine and four personnel; Johnson County Consolidated Fire District 2, one type 1 engine and four personnel; and Olathe FD, one type 1 engine and four personnel.

Mental Health First Aid training, Sept. 15
September 7, 2021

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy and helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Participants are introduced to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, gain an understanding of their impact and explore common interventions and treatments. The next session is Sept. 15. 

Cost is $25 per participant. Limited scholarships are available. This course takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Johnson County Sunset Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe.  

For more information or to register, contact Prevention Services at [email protected] or 913-715-7880.

JoCo on the Go: Climate action plan
September 3, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #103, hear about the Kansas City Regional Climate Action. We’ll talk to Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s Brian Alferman about the role Johnson County played in the development of this guide for residents, businesses and government agencies. The plan seeks to mitigate climate change by achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions of 2050. Find out how you can do your part to make an impact.

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.

BOCC adopts Johnson County FY 2022 Budget
September 3, 2021

On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners adopted the FY 2022 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget, totaling approximately $1.45 billion, with another authorized reduction in the county mill levy.

The budget was crafted with an estimated mill levy of 25.497 mills, a .30 reduction from the FY 2021 mill levy. With pending exemptions, once the latest assessed property valuation is determined in October, the anticipated final mill levy will represent an estimated .25 mill levy reduction. 

“Due to the growth in property values, we are again in a position to return some resources back to taxpayers through mill levy reductions. This is the fourth reduction in five years without impacting the county’s exceptional programs and services to which Johnson County residents are accustomed,” said Chairman Ed Eilert. “With this budget, we will also maintain the reserve level that helps us achieve the best credit ratings available.”

The county’s fiscal year begins Jan.1, 2022. Details about the FY 2022 Budget are available online at jocogov.org. Read the full news release on the FY 2022 Budget

Mental Health Center hosts COVID-19 Q&A
September 3, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) hosted a virtual information session and Q&A on Aug. 31 about the COVID-19 pandemic.

JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) Epidemiologist Elizabeth Holzschuh discussed COVID-19 trends, answered questions on how to get vaccinated and discussed vaccine hesitancy.

Among the questions raised by participants were:

  • How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?
  • How effective is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
County offices are closed for Labor Day holiday
September 3, 2021

Johnson County Government’s offices, including the courthouse and libraries, will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, in observation of Labor Day, except for county operations required for the safety of residents.

Historically, Labor Day has been a designated federal holiday since 1894 following the Pullman labor strike, a landmark in American labor history in Illinois.

Following the dispute, President Grover Cleveland signed an order establishing Labor Day as a federal holiday on the first Monday of September. Over the decades, Labor Day evolved into a three-day weekend that marks the end of the summer season.

All county offices will resume regular working hours on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Have a safe Labor Day Weekend!