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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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County extension office hires new director
April 11, 2017

On April 9, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension welcomed its new director, Tara Markley. In this role, she’ll provide administrative leadership for the county extension office’s educational programming, fiscal operations, personnel and marketing, and will serve as the county extension agent for the community development program.

Markley earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation, park and tourism administration from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University. She has most recently been a research project coordinator for the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research. Prior to this position, she served as the 4-H youth development extension agent for Johnson County. Before joining county extension, she was director of the Heartland Program and Innovation Center for Camp Fire.

K-State Research and Extension’s mission is to encourage the adoption of research-based information to improve the quality of life for Kansans. Learn more at johnson.k-state.edu or 913-715-7000.

Two Sheriff's Office deputies recognized
April 10, 2017

Congratulations to Master Deputy Kristina Martinez and Master Deputy Anjanette Deer of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for receiving awards during Mid-America Regional Council's 20th Annual Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration on Friday, April 7. The celebration  celebrate 9-1-1 calltakers and emergency dispatch personnel who work behind the scenes answering life-saving calls from citizens. 

Master Deputy Kristina Martinez received an Everyday Hero award for displaying a confident, calm demeanor at the communications center, especially during high-priority events. She effectively manages 9-1-1 callers in incredibly stressful situations and elicits necessary information for responding officers. Well respected by her peers and supervisors, Martinez exhibits a positive attitude, professionalism, adaptability and a genuine concern for the community.

Master Deputy Anjanette Deer received an Outstanding Training Performance award for the important role she plays in training deputies in the communications division. She conducts the final checkout of trainees and verifies concerns about struggling trainees. Her detailed evaluations are relied upon when deciding whether to pass a trainee. Deer also provides National Crime Information Center training to new deputies within the Sheriff’s Office, instructs new hires on proper communication through radio equipment and serves as lead writer in the divisional directive committee.

Read more about the awards on MARC.org and view photos from the event on MARC's Flickr account.

Tire recycling for JoCo residents on Saturday
April 6, 2017

Recycle your old, worn or unwanted car, truck or bike tires! Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is hosting a tire recycling event on Saturday, April 8 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at our Household Hazardous Waste facility at 5901 Jim Bills Road in Mission. 

This event is for Johnson County residents only and no commercial drop-offs are allowed. Limit seven tires per household. For more information, visit jocogov.org and search "tire recycling," Johnson County Recycles' Facebook page or call Todd Rogers at 913-715-6904.

Second Saturday book discussion group meets April 8
April 5, 2017

Johnson County Library will host its next Second Saturday book discussion group 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. April 8 at the Shawnee Library. This month's book is Fannie Flagg's The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion. More information is available on the Library's website.

JCDS employee wins national award
April 4, 2017

Forrest Austin, a Direct Support Professional with Johnson County Developmental Supports, received the 2017 National Direct Support Professional of the Year award from The American Network of Community Options and Resources. ANCOR gives this award annually for exemplary work in furthering community inclusion for people living with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. Judges look at nominees’ success in helping people with disabilities build social networks, participate in the community and advocate for themselves.

Austin has worked as a Direct Support Professional for nine years, four of them with JCDS. Part of his work involves serving as a Project SEARCH employment coach, and he has supported more than a dozen individuals with intellectual disabilities in their efforts to secure and maintain employment.

"When we have people get full-time jobs for $15 an hour who have an intellectual disability, we feel like we are breaking ground," said Austin. "I want that to become the rule and not the exception for the people we serve."

"We rely on DSPs and our staff to create solutions and figure out ways to provide opportunities for our people to be part of the community,” said Chad VonAhnen, executive director, Johnson County Developmental Supports. “Forrest does that every day. He keeps his focus on our clients’ abilities, providing them with choice-driven supports and advocating alongside of them to live and work in the community."

Read additional information about Austin's award on JCDS's website.

Employee fundraiser for arts exceeds goal
March 31, 2017

Johnson County Government employees support ArtsKC as one of three sanctioned annual fundraising campaigns. The 2017 campaign raised a total of $20,704.98, exceeding the goal of $20,017.

Tim DeWeese, director of Mental Health and ArtsKC campaign chairman, presented results for the 2017 campaign to the Board of County Commissioners during their regular meeting on March 23.

The main event is an employee art showcase in February with a People's Choice Award given for the top three entries:

  • First place: Schoolhouse on the Prairie by Howard Alfrey, Public Works
  • Second place: Chase County Spring Burn Off by Michael Farley, District Court Administration
  • Third place: Nightfall at the Lake by Jackie Eatinger, Public Works 

These photos will be included in the county's 2018 ArtsKC calendar with the first place photo on the cover. This year, employees submitted 88 works of art for the show.

The top three photos have been submitted to the Inspire KC corporate arts challenge as visual arts entries along with three poems by Lori Sand, County Manager's Office, as literary arts entries. 

The fundraising breakdown is as follows:

  • $650 raised in merchandise sales
  • $3,002.50 raised by special events (the silent auction raised $2,027.50)
  • $17,052.48 raised by donations 

The County Manager's Office once again won the traveling trophy for first place in staff donations. 

"This campaign is just one example of our county employees participating in and supporting a community activity," said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. "It certainly demonstrates their above-and-beyond commitment to our community. I am also always amazed at the talent this annual arts showcase highlights."

Johnson County employees also participate in the United Way and Feed the Need, a regional effort coordinated by the Mid-America Regional Council, the Mid-America Assistance Coalition and Harvesters International.