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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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Kansas Day activities coming up
January 2, 2020

Johnson County residents will join the rest of the state on Jan. 29, in celebrating Kansas’ 158th birthday. Ahead of the annual observance, Johnson County Library is excited to share some upcoming events that are designed to honor our state’s uniqueness.

Author George Frazier will describe native geological formations that defy our state’s flat stereotype at a special event called The Last Wild Places of Kansas. The presentation goes from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., today, Jan. 24 at the Leawood Pioneer Library, 4700 Town Center Dr. Leawood.

The day after Kansas Day, you can learn about the state’s hidden attractions. Kansas Guidebook for Explorers begins at 6:30 p.m., on Jan. 30, at the Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee, and goes until 8 p.m. Author Marci Penner will speak about a book she co-wrote with WenDee Rowe. The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers details the hidden attractions found in all 105 Kansas counties.

Resources for furloughed federal employees
August 16, 2019

Johnson County offers several programs that may assist those who find themselves without a paycheck due to the federal government shutdown.

The county’s Multi-Service Outreach Centers serve people in need of social services who live in geographic areas generally conforming to school districts. The center managers are available to meet with residents by appointment to address their situations. The centers work closely with school districts, area churches, businesses, and organizations and the community at large.

The centers offer assistance for qualifying families with:

  • Utility payments (Note for Johnson County Wastewater customers: Furloughed federal employees who are not receiving paychecks may contact JCW to avoid late fees. Contact us online or by calling 913-715-8590.
  • Medical needs
  • Food pantries
  • Information and referrals

Please visit the Human Services Outreach Services webpage for further details.

You can also look into these resources:

United Way 2-1-1 lists resources specific to those affected by the federal shutdown.

Additionally, RideKC bus rides are free for any furloughed government workers. They only need to show their government ID in order to board for free. This applies to all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Johnson County and Independence.


Have your home tested for Radon
January 17, 2019

The state of Kansas and Johnson County are recognizing the importance of detecting and getting rid of radon in our homes. On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners designated January as Radon Awareness Month. Last month, then Governor Jeff Colyer also signed a proclamation for the same.

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can have serious health consequences, including lung cancer, when excess levels are present in your home. Johnson County K-State Extension Agent Denise Dias says radon is prevalent in our county, so it’s important that everyone test their residence.

“The average radon test coming back is 5.3, which is over the action level for radon, so, because of that it’s really important to encourage people to test,” Dias said. “And we have a lot of older homes in our county, and even new homes being built should be tested for radon.”

The Extension Office has already distributed an estimated 600 radon kits, and they’ve ordered more to keep up with the demand. Cost is $8 per kit. They can be purchased at 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe. Kits will be available throughout the year.

County honors employees, retirees, LIA recipients at reception
January 16, 2019

Five hundred and thirty-two Johnson County employees and 85 retirees, collectively representing more than eight millenniums of public service, were honored Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the county’s 2019 Annual Employee Recognition Reception at the Doubletree Hotel, Overland Park.

The honorees included current and former employees who celebrated a milestone anniversary and/or retired in 2018.

The program featured comments from Ed Eilert, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners; County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson and Assistant County Manager Joe Waters.

Collectively, the public service from the current employees totaled 6,740 years with milestones, ranging from five to 40 years in five-year categories. The 85 retirees represented 2,024 years of public service, spanning from 10 to 46 years individually, with 16 of them also celebrating service milestones.

In addition, 39 employees were recognized with the county’s debut of an annual Leadership in Action (LIA) award to recognize/reward outstanding contributions by selected employees. Fifty-seven employees were nominated to receive LIA recognition. County leadership, including the managers and department and agency directors, selected the 39 award recipients.

The LIA program is designed to recognize employee efforts in six key areas, including personal innovations to substantially save taxpayer dollars. The six LIA recipients represented a total savings of $684,200.

The remaining LIA honorees were cited for creating efficiencies or improvements to save substantial time; assuming additional work or responsibility; demonstrating additional leadership, expertise, training or advice; and taking extraordinary steps to improve the life or service to clients or residents.

Pictures from the reception are accessible on the county's Flickr page.

County hires 1st chief medical examiner to open facility
January 17, 2019

In addition to being the Johnson County Coroner, Dr. Diane C. Peterson is the county’s first chief medical examiner.  She notes that this designation was something that drew her to the position.

“The attraction to the job and Johnson County was the opportunity to be directly involved in a historical event—changing the coroner system to a medical examiner system. Not many currently working forensic pathologists can say that they have been involved in building an ME system from scratch,” Peterson said.

She noted that medical examiners (MEs) nationwide would be envious of the situation.

“Many medical examiners push for the eventual replacement of the coroner system. Although to accomplish this country-wide is many years in the future, Johnson County has started the process now. This is wonderful, and I’m excited to be a part.”

Peterson’s goal is to provide high-quality death investigations to Johnson County.

Kansas statute requires boards of county commissioners to appoint a county coroner, so she now performs dual duty with the recent expiration of the appointment of the former county coroner, Dr. Robert Prosser.

“Dr. Robert Prosser has worked tirelessly for many years as coroner for Johnson County. He has done very well for the people he has served,” Peterson said. “I thank him for helping me with the transition.”

Peterson is excited about the possibility of opening a brand new facility down the road that includes features such as a great deal of natural light. The versatility of the building with a classroom-style conference room is another plus.


Johnson County swears in commissioners, chairman
January 23, 2019

Across Kansas, it was swearing-in day for state and county officials elected in the 2018 general election. In Johnson County, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) hearing room was standing room only with an overflow crowd as four commissioners, two newly elected and two re-elected, took the oath of office from the Hon. Thomas Kelly Ryan.

Video: Induction Ceremony

Freshmen commissioners, Becky Fast and Janeé Hanzlick represent the 1st and 4th Districts, respectively. Commissioner Fast has a long history of public service and commitment to the county, including serving two terms on the Roeland Park City Council where she was elected unanimously to serve as council president. Hanzlick is the former CEO of SAFEHOME, Johnson County’s domestic violence agency, where she spent 20 years working for a safer, stronger community. She was a leader in implementing the Johnson County Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), a collaboration between the District Attorney’s Office, law enforcement and SAFEHOME, that significantly reduced domestic homicides in our county.

Voters re-elected Chairman Ed Eilert and 5th District Commissioner Michael Ashcraft in November 2018. Eilert was re-elected to a third term in November 2018. Prior to serving as Chairman, he served as the 4th District BOCC representative for four years. Chairman Eilert’s career in public service also includes 24 years as the mayor of Overland Park and four years as an Overland Park City Councilman. Commissioner Ashcraft was sworn in for a third term. His Board and Committee assignments include the Library Board, Investment Review Group, Stormwater Management Advisory Council, Audit Committee, MARC – 911 Committee and the Metropolitan Culture Commission.

Johnson County swears in commissioners, chairman