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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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Governor signs executive order to mandate masks statewide
July 2, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly today issued Executive Order #20-52 requiring that most Kansans must wear a mask while in public spaces, and in outdoor spaces where individuals are unable to maintain physical distancing of six feet.

Executive Order #20-52 takes effect beginning 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 3, and will remain in place until rescinded or until the current statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires – whichever is earlier.

“The last few months have presented many new challenges for Kansans, and all of us want to return to our normal lives and routines,” Governor Kelly said. “Unfortunately, we have seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across our state and our country. We must act.”

Learn more about the order.

Safely celebrate the 4th of July
July 2, 2020

As Kansans prepare for the July 4th weekend, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has put together a guide to help you safely celebrate.

The guidance comes from the Governor's Ad Astra Reopening Plan and reflects the state's current recommendation to counties to remain in Phase 3 of the plan.

In addition to the requirement to wear masks, it's recommended that you:

  • Limit gatherings in your home with 45 or fewer individuals, not including those you live with.
  • Stick to outdoor events whenever possible.
  • Disinfect surfaces and use disposable or single-serve items as much as possible.
  • Maintain mass gathering limits and physical distancing at pool parties, restaurants, parks or other social venues.
  • If you're sick, stay home and contact your doctor.
  • For travel, follow the KDHE travel and quarantine guidelines (noted further below in this email) and avoid high-risk travel areas.

Get more tips on parties, gatherings and get-togethers.

Johnson County District Court remains in its Phase 2 implementation
July 2, 2020

Johnson County District Court will remain in Phase II of its reopening plan.

Remote proceedings are preferred. All hearings will proceed remotely unless an in-person hearing is authorized by the assigned judge. Limited in-person proceedings may occur where the presiding judge has ensured all social distancing recommendations have been implemented and will be enforced. Large dockets, including traffic, Chapter 61 and second appearances shall be conducted remotely. Public service counters are open where all physical distancing recommendations have been implemented and will be enforced.

For more information, visit the Court's website.

The Best Times prepares voters for the 2020 elections in a pandemic
July 1, 2020

The July-August issue of The Best Times magazine is on its way in the mail with a cover story about the 2020 elections, voting process and safeguards by the Election Office to ensure the health and safety of Johnson County voters and poll workers in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Other articles include:

  • The 2020 Census extends its deadlines due to the pandemic with Johnson County’s participation rate thus far being the highest in Kansas.
  • The new Medical Examiner Facility will offer a virtual tour as part of its opening celebration and dedication.
  • Exploratory work is under way in compiling a report regarding a potential new county Department of Aging Services.
  • Johnson County Museum launches a new temporary exhibit on “Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times.”
  • Kansas Legal Services resumes monthly site visits to Johnson County at providing free legal services to aging adults.

Download a copy of the magazine.

Patience needed for test results
July 1, 2020

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we wait for test results from our COVID-19 testing event on June 26, and from those who were tested at our Olathe office this week. The labs that Johnson County Department of Health and Environment sends specimens to are overwhelmed with processing COVID-19 tests, and results are taking longer than usual. Normally we receive test results in 5-7 business days, but it could take a few extra days due to this delay and the holiday.

JCDHE is working swiftly to call anyone with a positive result, so they can immediately begin a case investigation. Those with a negative result will receive a letter in the mail.

Learn more about testing in Johnson County.

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners call special meeting, July 2
July 2, 2020

A Special Meeting of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners has been set for 10 a.m., on Thursday, July 2, in the Board’s Hearing Room, located on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, at 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. This meeting is for the purpose of considering a Kansas Governor Executive Order to be issued on July 2, regarding a requirement to wear face masks.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, physical distancing will be observed, and limited seating will be available in the hearing room, with additional limited seating available in the adjacent lobby with audio available. A live broadcast will still be available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org and on Facebook Live.

Anyone wishing to speak to the agenda item will need to sign in before the start of the meeting and will be called upon to speak in the order in which they signed up.

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