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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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Shop with food safety in mind at farmer’s markets this summer
July 25, 2019

Getting fresh produce is easier in the summer thanks to local farmer’s markets. Buying from the source allows you to visit with farmers to learn more about your food and how it was grown. Whether you purchase inside a store or outside at a market, be aware of food safety guidelines to ensure you only buy things that are safe to eat.

Here are some things to look for as you shop:

Fresh produce

Clean and fresh, no cuts or nicks
Displayed off the ground/floor

Cut or peeled produce

Displayed on/surrounded by ice
Looks fresh and cold

Meats, eggs, cheeses

Feels cold; product in cooler/on ice
Eggs are clean, cool and not cracked

Milk

Must be pasteurized, per Kansas regulations - ask vendor to confirm

Juice, cider

Pasteurized is safest

Hot prepared foods

Vendor should use a thermometer
Has a lid, steam is rising from pan

Handwashing

Observe vendors washing their hands

Booth/personal cleanliness

Booth, knives, and utensils are clean
Clean clothes, hands, not wiping nose.

Certifications

Look for any posted food safety certifications/trainings attended

 

Food safety from store to table

Make food shopping your last stop. Don’t stock up on groceries then run errands. Your food could spoil or lose quality.

Keep raw meat separate from other foods, as leaking meat juices can contaminate fresh produce.

Make your meat and dairy selections last. While it’s not as convenient, gather non-perishable items first, then produce, then meat, then dairy. Save frozen items for last and utilize their cold temperature by placing them close to dairy products.

At home, make sure to store your produce properly to maintain its quality and safety. Check out our printable guide to safe food storage and keep it on your fridge for reference!

Thoroughly wash all produce under hot running water even if you don’t eat the peel; dirt can transfer through to the inside. So yes, wash your onions! No need for soap or commercial produce washes; clean running water is enough. Use clean scrub brushes for tough or dimpled skin produce like potatoes and melons.

Finally, only purchase what you’ll consume between shopping trips. According to the USDA, 31% of food in the United States ends up in the landfill. That’s 133 billion pounds!

County hiring new county appraiser, director of human resources
July 19, 2019

Johnson County, Kansas – a thriving, well-educated community located in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area – is seeking a new County Appraiser and a new Director of Human Resources.

County Appraiser

The mission of the Office of the Appraiser is to achieve equalization among all classes of property by maintaining the highest standards in appraisal practices and law, guided by the goals of providing quality service to the public; developing high-performance employees by creating career ladders that recognize achievement; and by managing county growth through the creation of automated programs which expedite the work flow. Subsequent to the completion of statewide reappraisal in 1991, the County Appraiser’s Office has achieved compliance on all state requirements.

The County Appraiser is responsible for overseeing a $7.8 million budget and 87 full-time employees. Primary responsibilities of the County Appraiser include identifying, listing and valuing all taxable and exempt commercial and residential real estate and personal property in Johnson County, in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) and Kansas statues. The Appraiser must efficiently and effectively service the needs of Johnson County property owners, along with providing internal support to other departments and divisions, and the Appraiser must establish and maintain work relationships with the Kansas Property Valuation Division and assure compliance with all directives from the state.

Director of Human Resources

The Director of Human Resources will lead a team of 26 highly-skilled staff and oversee all human resources services in a high performing organization characterized by excellence in service delivery, collaboration across departments, and empowering leadership and continuous improvement at all levels of the organization.

The Director of Human Resources has three direct reports: the Deputy Director of Human Resources and two Human Resources Managers. The Director of Human Resources reports to the County Manager and serves as an internal consultant to County Management and the Executive Leadership Team. The Director and/or other key HR staff members participate in cross-departmental teams that have organization-wide impact.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for the daily operations of the Department of Human Resources (HRD), which includes recruitment, onboarding and retention of a diverse workforce; compensation and classification; employee relations; learning and development; recognition; and employee records and data.

Payroll and benefits are overseen by the Treasury & Financial Management Department, and HRD staff work closely with this department on key workforce strategies and initiatives.

Fall Classic Golf Tournament benefits food pantries
July 19, 2019

FORE! Whether you consider yourself to a pro or a duffer, two county departments, Facilities Management and the Department of Technology and Innovation, hope you’ll mark your calendar for the 15th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament. The shotgun start is 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at Tomahawk Hills Golf Course.

Sign up and prepay for the four-person scramble by Aug. 16 and receive a free ticket for the door prize drawing. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Aug. 23. Details about the event are available online.

Since 1987, employees of Johnson County Government have participated in the annual Feed the Need campaign. All donations of food and money benefit seven area food pantries serving eligible Johnson County residents.

Street at New Century AirCenter honors famed astronaut
July 16, 2019

A new street in Johnson County commemorates John Glenn.

This afternoon a gathering at the Commemorative Air Force of America Wing at the New Century AirCenter remembered Astronaut John Glenn with the unveiling of a street sign honoring him. The New Century AirCenter originally served as the Olathe Naval Air Station until approximately 50 years ago. During its heyday, the Olathe Naval Air Station offered flight training and activities during both World War II and the Korean War.  Before Glenn became the first astronaut to orbit Earth in 1962, with the world at war in July 1942, it was here that Glenn earned his military wings by training in a two-seater Stearman plane. He trained in the first class at the Olathe Naval Air Station.

More information is available in this news release.

You can also view the event from this Facebook Live video.

Johnson County Election Office adds 7th advance voting location
July 11, 2019

Beginning with the August 2019 primary, the Johnson County Election Office is adding a seventh advance voting location in the county to serve voters who live and work in Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill, as well as other locations in southwest Johnson County. The new advance voting location will be located at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway in Gardner.

“This addition is a big deal for the southwest part of our county,” said Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker. “Not only is the population growing, the workforce in the area will also benefit.”

This new location will be available for the 2019 August primary election and the 2019 November general election.

For a complete list of advance voting locations, dates and hours of operation, and important upcoming primary election dates, please see this press release.

MED-ACT trailer is ready for summer events
July 11, 2019

There are plenty of fun activities during the summer months for Johnson County residents. But when you have large events that attract crowds, it’s important to be ready for the unexpected. That includes accidents and injuries. Johnson County MED-ACT is ready to respond and luckily doesn’t have to rush to the scene when help is needed. Crews are already there. Utility 1174 is a small trailer parked at large multiday events in Johnson County, most recently at Old Shawnee Days and on the schedule are  Old Settlers Days and the Johnson County Fair.

This project supports the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop the Bleed campaign, which originated from the joint efforts of the Hartford Consensus, the American College of Surgeons and the National Association of EMTs. The hourlong presentation about bleeding control, wound packing and tourniquet care was developed in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting and progressed after the Boston Marathon bombing and the Las Vegas shooting.

“At each of these incidents, bystanders were some of the real heroes,” said Lt. Rochelle Hobart, MED-ACT. “They provided quick, lifesaving care to victims, even if they were not trained in the medical field.”

In the initial moments of these types of events, first responders may have difficulty accessing the scene and may be overwhelmed by the number of patients. Reports after these events show that bystanders helped with lifesaving treatment, such as stopping bleeding, patient movement and assisting wherever they could. Many victims survived thanks to the care given to them by the public.

U1174 was acquired as an extra effort to prepare our citizens and support our community education’s Stop the Bleed campaign. The goal is to empower the residents of Johnson County to be able to provide lifesaving aid if a similar event were to happen here. The trailer houses “self-treatment” kits, moving equipment, blankets and additional supplies for first responders. If an incident were to occur, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, event volunteers, police officers and off-duty first responders know to go to this trailer and distribute the kits to bystanders. Each kit includes instructions and tools to help stop bleeding.

“If you are at one of these events and can assist, the key is to first find the trailer,” Lt. Hobart said. “You might want to locate it as you arrive so you know exactly where to go, if necessary. The onsite availability of this trailer provides the best possible outcomes for community members during these major events.”

MED-ACT offers free bleeding control courses to help prepare you for a bleeding emergency. We encourage anyone who is interested in taking a Stop the Bleed course to contact the Community Education division at 913-715-1981. You can also arrange to have a specialist teach your group. For questions regarding the U1174 trailer, contact Lt. Rochelle Hobart at rhobart@jocoems.org.

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