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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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Fall session of Citizens Academy gets underway
September 6, 2019

Dozens of Johnson County residents, this week, began a journey to gain greater insight into their county government. The Citizens Academy Program got underway on Thursday, Sept. 5. The program seeks to enhance citizen knowledge of county operations and services, encourage a unified community identity and increase participation in Johnson County boards, advisory councils and commissions.

CAP allows community-minded individuals to discover what makes the high quality of life possible in Johnson County through behind-the-scene tours, hands-on activities and conversations with county commissioners, the county manager and county staff.

Participants attend 10 three-hour weekly sessions that explore the county budget, civic engagement and volunteer opportunities.

Prior Citizens Academy participant and Overland Park resident Parri Christie encourages others to get involved.

"I kind of think I already had a little bit of a clue about what was going on, but there is so much information and so many different entities to learn about, and so it's just been a great program," Christie said.

First-ever landlord recruiter begins duties at Housing Services
September 5, 2019

Pam Harris has recently joined Johnson County Housing Services as its first-ever landlord recruiter. In this newly-created role, she will work with existing and new landlords to expand affordable housing options for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program participants.

The HCV program, commonly known as “Section 8,” provides rental assistance for qualified program participants. The county has 1,447 HUD-authorized vouchers which serve nearly 3,000 people. Rental units are provided by more than 200 private landlords. There are currently 330 applicants on the HCV program waiting list.

Harris has a lengthy and solid record of serving the vulnerable members of the Johnson County community. She brings a solid background of working closely with numerous community partners from the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Eventually, the position is expected to evolve into working with private sector developers to facilitate future development of affordable housing options.

“There are two primary risks landlords face:  payment and damage. Participation in the Housing Choice Voucher program significantly reduces both. We strive to make the landlord’s experience simple and profitable,” Harris said.

In a short time, Harris has already had favorable impact on both adding new landlords to the housing roster as well as retaining existing ones. With a focus toward expanding unit types and locations, her efforts expand choices for existing HCV program participants as well as broader distribution of housing units across the county.

More information on the HCV program, for both participants and landlords, is available here.

 

 

JoCo on the Go: Major building projects updates
September 3, 2019

During our fifth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing some of the major Johnson County building projects, including the Johnson County Courthouse and the Medical Examiner Facility. This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County Facilities Management Project Manager Dan Wehmueller, who discusses the improvements to safety, accessibility and functionality that the new courthouse brings. He also talks about whether construction is on time and on budget. And, hear from Dr. Diane Peterson, chief medical examiner with the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office, about how medical examiner office construction is going and how the facility and new equipment will improve efficiency. 

JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this new podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode at jocogov.org/podcast.

Youth Leadership Summit focuses on vaping prevention
August 30, 2019

Johnson County Mental Health Center hosted the 13th annual Youth Leadership Summit today at Cleveland University in Overland Park. This year’s conference focused on vaping prevention, featuring keynote speaker Jordan Roberts, youth prevention program manager for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Approximately 200 student leaders from 28 middle and high schools in Johnson County took part in this one-day event focused on providing education and skills to reduce underage alcohol and drug use, preventing suicide and encouraging healthy behaviors among youth. Teams of youth and adult leaders spent the day learning from peers sharing successful prevention initiatives and left with an action plan to be implemented in their local school and community.

“We believe in the power of young people to make a positive difference in our community and want to invest in providing skills and opportunities to infuse prevention throughout Johnson County,” says Shana Burgess, director of prevention services and community relations. “This is a collaborative effort to promote good health and positive choices for our middle and high school students.”

August 2019 at the BOCC
August 30, 2019

Here are some highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in August 2019. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

On Aug. 8, the Board approved and adopted the FY 2020 Budget and FY 2020 – 2024 Capital Improvement Program as proposed. More information is available in this news release.

Other Board action in August included:

  • Authorizing contracts to improve parking lots located at Johnson County Communication Center (CCC), 11880 South Sunset Dr.; the Justice Annex Building, 588 Santa Fe; the Johnson County Community Support Services (CSS) facility located at 6440 Neiman Road and the Johnson County Sunset Building located 11811 South Sunset Dr..
  • Authorizing the Johnson County Wastewater General Manager to review and extend the current 2019 deferment extension requests one additional 5-year deferment period, if eligible.
  • Authorizing a Use Agreement with the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the County Operations Facility located at 19310 W 159th St., Olathe, KS 66062, to facilitate the administration of an out of school youth program for Olathe Public Schools (USD 233).
  • Authorizing nine agreements for storm sewer inspection projects at a cost to the Stormwater Management Program of $3,569 with the city of Merriam; $115,146 with the city of Mission; $57,053 with the city of Mission Hills; $35,584 with the city of Shawnee; $34,189 with the city of Westwood; and $3,473 with the city of Westwood Hills.

 

Homework Help is a Johnson County Library service
August 28, 2019

Johnson County Library has the tools to help students succeed when doing their homework at any level.

In-person resources are a classic library service. The very popular Homework Help program provides one-on-one help for students at no charge. Coaches provide help for your student in finding resources to complete assignments such as book reports and science projects. They tackle vocabulary, spelling, reading and writing skills, as well as math and social studies.

The program is offered at the Central Resource Library, Monday through Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. during the school years. Visit the jocolibrary.org for more information.

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