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County Manager's Office

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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Armed Forces Day celebration this weekend
May 14, 2021

Friends In Service of Heroes (F.I.S.H.), a 501(c)(3), will host an Armed Forces Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 15 at Signature Flight Support, located at the New Century Air Center, 260 S. Gardner Dr., New Century.

Among other attractions, modern in-service fix-wing and rotary-wing aircraft will be on display. Those attending can also take a look at military transportation vehicles.

Different branches of the military will be represented. The opening ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., with a BeechNutz flyover during the National Anthem. The U.S. Army Band will provide music throughout the day.

This event is open to the public. Concession stands will be available. The event may move indoors, if there’s rain.

Make your voice heard - serve on a board or commission
May 14, 2021

Looking for an opportunity to learn more about Johnson County Government and help support, guide and/or oversee the county's agencies and departments? Johnson County has opportunities to serve on boards and commissions in a wide range of areas of interest. 

Current openings include

  • Board of Zoning Appeals (3rd District/Oxford or Spring Hill Township
  • Commission on Aging (6th District)
  • Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board (6th District)
  • Planning Commission (incorporated area)
  • Solid Waste Management Committee (unincorporated area)
  • Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board (Gardner or McCamish Township)

Learn more about these opportunities and how to apply
 

JCDHE adopts CDC guidance on mask-wearing and physical distancing for fully vaccinated individuals
May 13, 2021

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) will adopt the guidance provided today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 can resume activities – indoor or outdoor, large or small – safely without wearing a mask or physical distancing. Exceptions include health care settings, correctional facilities, shelters or on public transportation like an airplane, bus or train. 

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Learn more about how this impacts employers, employees and those not fully vaccinated in this news release.

JCDHE to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-old children
May 13, 2021

JCDHE will administer the Pfizer vaccine to 12 -15-year-olds beginning May 13, 2021. This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The FDA amended the EUA originally issued on Dec. 11, 2020, for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have also authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine to include 12 - 15-year-old children.

JCDHE urges all who are age 12 and older to receive a vaccine during the COVID-19 vaccination hours that includes evening, weekend and walk-in availability. Children age 15 and younger receiving a COVID-19 vaccination must be accompanied by an adult. A parent/guardian is preferable; however, the parent/guardian may designate a non-parent adult to be present at the time of vaccination if the parent/guardian is unavailable. A signed parental consent form is required and is available at https://www.dispenseassist.net/Covid.html.

“We are pleased to be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to those who are age 12 and above,” said Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director. “The vaccine is safe and effective and will help us keep our children healthy and our schools open.”

Keep updated on vaccination efforts and make appointments at jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine

Those with questions about vaccinations can contact [email protected] or by phone at 913-715-2819.

JoCo on the Go: COVID-19 death investigations
May 11, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #90, hundreds of people in Johnson County have lost their lives to COVID-19, we’ll talk to Johnson County Medical Examiner Dr. Diane Peterson about how these deaths are investigated. You’ll also hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola and JCDHE Epidemiology Director Elizabeth Holzschuh about the collaborative work with the Medical Examiner’s Office to conduct case investigations. They’ll also share with you the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine to stop the spread of this serious disease.

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.

It's Mental Health Awareness Month!
May 10, 2021

May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the mental well-being of many Americans. It's important to stay open and honest about how we're feeling as we continue navigating through the pandemic , validate each other's feelings and lift each other up. 

During this month, let's continue to make our mental health a priority. Check in with yourself and your loved ones. IDONTMIND, a mental health awareness campaign and lifestyle brand, provides questions to check in with your friends and family about their mental health. 

According to Mental Health America, nearly one in five American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. This month, we seek to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles. One way to fight mental health stigma is to talk openly about your mental health. Mental Health America shared some tips and resources on how to talk about your mental health such as starting with a text message if communicating face-to-face is too overwhelming. 

For someone experiencing mental health concerns, having a good listener can make a huge difference. If someone talks to you about their mental health, be sure to listen, empathize, show compassion, avoid judgment and educate yourself if you do not fully understand what is being shared.

Johnson County Mental Health Center is the gateway to mental health services in Johnson County, providing a wide range of mental health and substance abuse supports to county residents. Learn how to access services. If you or someone you care for is experiencing a mental health crisis, call our 24/7 Crisis Line at 913-268-0156.

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