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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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Programming your weather radio
March 15, 2017

As a part of its severe weather awareness activities, Johnson County's Emergency Management Communication's Department is available to assist residents in programming their weather radios. As the strong storms rolled through the county earlier this week, it's a good reminder to take extra precaution this time of year. Weather radios are especially important since the weather sirens are meant for outdoor notification only. Feel free to take your weather radio to the EMC office on the lower level of the county's Administration Building (111 S. Cherry Street, Olathe) during regular business hours. For more information on ways to become better prepared, check out joco72.org

Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo | April 1
March 15, 2017

If you want to make conscious choices about your lawn and garden care, the Healthy Yards Expo on Saturday, April 1 is just for you! The environmentally-friendly lawn and garden event highlights many simple and easy practices that can be done to achieve a nice yard while still doing your part to maintain clean water and air and healthy soil in our community. Sponsored by Johnson County K-State Extension, Johnson County Government, and the cities of Lenexa, Overland Park and Shawnee, this free event includes:

  • Educational seminars connecting nature to your backyard
  • Puppet shows for the kids
  • Green vendors
  • Opportunity to talk with representatives from Lenexa, Overland Park, Shawnee, Johnson County and K-State Extension
  • Native plants and tree seedling giveaways
  • Door prizes

Join us from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shawnee Civic Center, located at 13817 Johnson Drive in Shawnee. For complete details visit Johnson County K-State Research and Extension's website.

Severe weather event update
March 15, 2017

Damage assessments are underway at Johnson County Executive Airport continue after strong storms moved through the county Monday night around 8:30 p.m.  

"The airport reopened to air traffic with limited operations before 9 this morning," said county manager Hannes Zacharias.

The airport is not open to the public because of safety reasons. Olathe building inspectors and structural engineers from Burns and McDonnell are on site assessing the buildings.

Most of the damage to hangar buildings and planes is on the east side of the airport. Some damage occurred in hangars on the west side of the complex.

“The county Emergency Operations Center was activated early Monday afternoon to monitor the storms moving into the county,” emergency manager Dan Robeson said. “Storm spotters were deployed throughout the county and the EOC was in contact with the National Weather Service throughout the event. There were no tornado warnings issued for Johnson County and no reports of tornadoes from county storm spotters. However, Emergency Management was made aware of damage and worked with city and county partners to assess the damage overnight.”

“As there were no tornado warnings for Johnson County and no reports of tornadoes from spotters in the field, the outdoor warning sirens were not sounded in the county,” Robeson said.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the county’s public works and airport staff, secured the area late Monday and will continue to provide security during clean up.

According to the National Weather Service, preliminary assessments indicate damage in Olathe and Overland Park was due to straight line winds, not a tornado.

The Johnson County Executive Airport was closed overnight and reopened to limited operations this morning allowing air traffic, but no public access due to concerns about safety of the damaged hangars. Building inspectors and structural engineers from Burns and McDonnell remain on site assessing the buildings.

Numerous small planes were damaged at the airport; however, officials have not determined the number. Five county hangars on the east side of the airport sustained damage and one was destroyed. Three other private hangar facilities also sustained some damage. Minor damage was sustained on some of the four county hangars on the west side of the airport. The county hangars are leased to businesses, groups and individuals. Each hangar can house up to 14 planes, however, it was unknown if planes were in each hangar.

Johnson County Airport Commission is working with tenants who lease the hangars to coordinate access to their items and areas over the next few days. 

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the county’s public works and airport staff, continue to provide security during cleanup.

The county was under a tornado watch (not a warning) when the storm moved into the area Monday night.

Storm damages, shuts down Executive Airport
March 15, 2017

The Johnson County Executive Airport, located at 151st St. and Pflumm Rd, between Olathe and Overland Park, has been shut down due to multiple hangars and planes damaged in a severe storm on the evening of Monday, March 6. Emergency response crews reported to the scene immediately; no airport personnel were injured.

Fire departments from Olathe, Overland Park and Kansas City, Kansas were on scene to assess damage and ensure the area was safe.

Everyone is asked to please stay away from the area until further notice. Natural gas and power have been shut off.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the county’s public works and airport staff, have secured the area. The Johnson County Airport Commission will assist people who lease hangars to coordinate access to their items and areas. 

High fire danger in JoCo
March 2, 2017

Local fire departments and the National Weather Service are warning residents about high fire danger in eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

Please refrain from any outdoor burning, be sure to fully extinguish cigarette butts and use caution with open flames such as grills.

The county maintains a list of Johnson County cities that currently have burn bans in place within the environmental division area of jocogov.org

Latest issue of The Best Times Magazine hits the streets
March 15, 2017

Look for the new issue of The Best Times, the county’s publication informing and supporting Johnson County’s 60+ adults. This month’s cover story is about preventing falls, the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Other articles include topics such as the Veterans Treatment Court, improved access to health and human services and preparing for severe weather season. The Best Times Magazine is a printed publication created by Johnson County Government, mailed six times per year to Johnson County residents who are 60 plus.  

The March/April 2017 issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on The Best Times Magazine page of our website.

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