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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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Deadline for businesses and organizations to request PPE
March 10, 2021

Personal protective equipment supplies are available to all Johnson County businesses and organizations. The deadline to request these items is Friday, March 12.

Items available include:

•    Disposable face masks
•    Face shields
•    Cloth reusable (washable) gowns

Businesses and organizations can express interest in supplies through our survey.

Last year, we distributed 6.3 million pieces of PPE, which provided a 90-day supply of PPE to 1,300 organizations supporting more than 90,000 workers.

State and federal leaders visit regional vaccine clinics
March 9, 2021

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, Kansas, took a tour of a Johnson County Department of Health and Environment vaccine clinic this morning. The clinic, primarily for those 65+, was held at Okun Fieldhouse, Shawnee. County leaders, including JCDHE Dr. Sanmi Areola discussed the vaccine rollout with the senator and addressed questions.

Also today, Governor Laura Kelly was in the Kansas City region to tour a Wyandotte County vaccine clinic. The facility tour was followed by a roundtable discussion, which included Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman, M.D., and Major General David Weishaar, Adjutant General.

Johnson County celebrates International Women’s Day
March 8, 2021

As we recognize Heroes Week in Johnson County, we also celebrate International Women’s Day. Women have broken new ground not only throughout history, but also in the country’s current fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

We take a moment to recognize women and their achievements and offer support and encouragement to women in their pursuit of equality.

Women have shown leadership in all parts of society, especially over the past year. They have excelled in health care, science and technology, business, government and education. In particular, women have been leaders on the front lines of the battle against the virus.

"In a year that has posed endless challenges for individuals, communities, countries, and the globe, women have stepped up in innumerable ways – from rallying together to ensure community members have food to eat through food drives, to sewing cloth masks for long-term care facilities and emergency responders, to stepping back from careers to help their children navigate virtual-learning, Many of these women have been champions behind the scenes," said Johnson County Director of Epidemiology Elizabeth Holzschuh.

"However, in what could be called one of the greatest scientific advancements in decades – from the identification of a novel virus to the development of a highly effective vaccine in less than a year – women have been at the forefront, a place they would have been excluded from not that long ago. As an epidemiologist, a scientist, I have watched in admiration as a diverse group of women have played a critical role in nearly every aspect of vaccine development, including being involved in the initial development of the mRNA vaccine technology, heading vaccine companies, leading vaccine trials, as well as public health workers, who tend to be overwhelmingly female, throughout this country being responsible for administering the vaccine in the largest public health vaccination campaign to date. I am humbled and in awe of women every year, but particularly this year."

President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Women’s History Week in 1980. Then, in 1987 Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as Women’s History Month.

Initial work underway to remove the former Johnson County Courthouse
March 8, 2021

If you are in downtown Olathe, you’ll notice barriers and fencing up around the former Johnson County Courthouse. Starting March 11, utilities will be disconnected, and the site will be under the control of JE Dunn for demolition. Exterior demolition will begin in early April, and continue through July. Pedestrian sidewalk traffic will be closed on the perimeter of the demolition site through October.

Once the building is demolished, the new green space will become part of the Johnson County Square. The approved scope of the project includes the addition of a curved walkway, lighting, a tree grove and landscaping. Get additional details about the planned space.

The new Johnson County Courthouse, across Santa Fe Street north of the existing courthouse and west of Olathe City Hall, was completed in early January. Most court services are still taking place virtually. The 356,821 square feet, seven-story courthouse building includes 28 courtrooms, secure in-custody circulation, state-of-the-art technology, public gathering spaces and a parking lot.

Vaccine plans for next week
March 5, 2021

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is focused on providing vaccinations to some of our county’s vulnerable populations, including those who are homebound, without a permanent home or have a disability.

  • Those with transportation needs: This week, JCDHE provided transportation for around a dozen people in the 80 and older age group who needed assistance getting to one of our clinics.
  • Homebound population: JCDHE’s Outreach Nurses will visit residents who are homebound to vaccinate them over the next few weeks.
  • Vaccinations in homeless shelters, those staying in other shelters and other highly impacted populations will begin next week. JCDHE is partnering with United Community Services, Health Partnership Clinic, Salvation Army, Safehome, Project 1020 and others.
  • Vaccinations of residents who have an intellectual or developmental disability are set to begin. JCDHE is working with Johnson County Developmental Supports and Heartland Homecare Services. 

Depending on available vaccine supplies, the county will continue to vaccinate those 65+, K-12 school staff, child care workers and health care workers.

Learn more about next week's vaccination plan.

Heroes Week starts Sunday, March 7
March 5, 2021

March 7 marks one year since the COVID-19 virus was first detected in the county and state. Join us in a social media campaign to acknowledge those who have played a role in helping Johnson County fight the pandemic. Use #ThankYou JoCo.

Learn more about Heroes Week.

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