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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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Practice good hygiene, get flu shot to prevent illness
January 24, 2017

Coughing. Fever. Runny nose. Upset stomach. Diarrhea. You probably know someone with these symptoms right now. This is the time of year when reports of influenza, norovirus and other viral and foodborne illnesses begin to pour into the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Frequent handwashing is the best way to prevent these germs from making their way to you. Wash hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper and always before eating, preparing or handling food. Alcohol-based sanitizers should be used if soap and water are not available.

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late. Influenza typically peaks in late January through February. The Department of Health and Environment offers flu shots at its Olathe and Mission walk-in health clinics. No appointment is needed. Flu vaccines are also available in many locations, including doctor's offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and college health centers. 

If you are the one who is sick, limit your contact with others as much as possible. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw tissues in the trash after you use them. Stay home from work or school until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.

If you have a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus, ask your doctor about antiviral drugs. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They also can prevent serious flu complications, like pneumonia.

If you’re infected with a gastrointestinal illness, wait at least 48 hours after symptoms stop before returning to work or school. Clean and disinfect all surfaces and laundry that have been contaminated with vomit or stool.

Following these simple steps will help prevent the spread of these highly contagious germs around our community and keep you healthy this winter.   

Make it to class with RideKC
March 15, 2017

Today marks the start of the spring semester for students at the University of Kansas and Johnson County Community College. If you don’t have access to a vehicle, consider using RideKC to make it to your classes. Transit riders can find RideKC’s maps and schedules online including routes for service from Lawrence. The K-10 Connector serves as a bridge between Lawrence and Johnson County, connecting students to the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. All routes for Johnson County can be found on RideKC’s website.

Ice storm anticipated for JoCo Friday through Sunday
January 13, 2017

With forecasts for the metro continuing to indicate freezing rain and potential for significant icing this weekend, Johnson County officials are asking residents to prepare now for power outages, cold temperatures and hazardous travel.

“Ice storms can result in power outages and dangerous driving conditions, so we are asking residents to prepare for that possibility and limit travel during the storm if possible,” said Dan Robeson, emergency management coordinator for Johnson County. “Our staff will be monitoring the situation throughout the weekend and coordinating with city officials and state emergency management.”

The Johnson County Library is cancelling special events and public programs this weekend, in anticipation of icy winter weather conditions. Among the programs cancelled or postponed are the YAAC Dress Up After Hours on Friday, Jan. 13 and Kansas Day on Saturday, Jan. 14. See all cancellations on the Library’s website.

Johnson County Meals on Wheels, congregate meal sites and Catch-a-Ride will not operate Friday, Jan. 13 due to concerns about the anticipated ice storm.

Visit the county's news release about the potential ice storm for additional information.

Please note all Johnson County Government offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Johnson County Motor Vehicle to open late Jan. 12
January 9, 2017

All three Johnson County Motor Vehicle offices will open late Thursday, Jan. 12, to conduct an all-employee safety training. The motor vehicle offices located at 782 N. Ridgeview Rd. in Olathe, 6000 Lamar in Mission and Dealer/Fleet Services at 111 S. Cherry St. in Olathe will open 10 a.m. Jan. 12 and will remain open until 4:30 p.m.

Training will be led by Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and will address safety issues including an active shooter scenario. Since 2010, Johnson County Motor Vehicle has conducted biennial security and active shooter trainings for staff. Historically the month of January yields 33 percent fewer motor vehicle transactions compared to other months. No vehicles registrations are set to expire in January.

JCPRD Summer Job Fair Jan. 11
January 6, 2017

Mid-January is the perfect time to start making plans for summer seasonal jobs! The Johnson County Park & Recreation District is conducting a Summer Job Fair on Jan. 11.

This event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the board room of the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park (7900 Renner Road, Shawnee). No appointment is necessary for this drop-in event and participants can apply onsite. No resume is required.

With more than 200 positions to fill, the fair will focus on seasonal and part-time summer jobs, but there are also some immediate openings. Some examples of jobs to be filled include summer camp positions, lifeguards, concessions, sports facility maintenance, marina workers, fitness instructors and sports officials. Job sites are located throughout Johnson County.

If you have questions, please call 913-432-7773 or visit jcprd.com for current openings. JCPRD is an equal opportunity employer.

Top 10 stories of 2016
March 15, 2017

The year 2016 was an exciting one in Johnson County Government, and there are many more great things to come in 2017. Here's a small sampling of some of the top stories from the year.

  1. Kansas' first Veterans Treatment Court launched in Johnson County in January.
  2. Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC) construction began Jan. 14.
  3. The remodeled Central Resource Library opened Jan. 22 after 280 days of construction.
  4. In February, Text to 9-1-1 became available in JoCo & throughout KC region.
  5. The county launched its inaugural Citizens Academy program in February.
  6. Johnson County Museum's 1950s All-Electric House relocated to JCAHC on April 13.
  7. BOCC approved Tomahawk Creek facility upgrades and expansion on May 5.
  8. Expanded bus service began in Johnson County routes in July.
  9. In July, Johnson County Mental Health Center's co-responder program expanded.
  10. Voters approved funding for new county courthouse and coroner facility.