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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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Feeling SAD this time of year
December 19, 2016

This time of year is typically associated with social gatherings and merrymaking, but it can also prove to be a challenging time for those suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (or appropriately known as SAD), a type of depression that occurs usually in the winter. Some people simply characterize their feelings as being the winter blues or a seasonal dread. Symptoms typically begin in the fall and continue until spring, leaving the sufferer lethargic and moody. But don’t simply dismiss this malady as it is a common disorder and a subtype of major depression.

Specific symptoms of fall and winter depression may include:

  • Irritability
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Problems getting along with other people
  • Hypersensitivity to rejection
  • Heavy, "leaden" feeling in the arms or legs
  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain

The exact cause of SAD is unclear, but the medical profession does know that the reduced exposure to sunlight disrupts the body’s internal clock and leads to depression. The reduction in sunlight is also responsible for an imbalance in serotonin, the chemical in your brain that affects mood. Melatonin levels which regulate sleep patterns and moods are also disrupted by the change in seasons.

Johnson County Mental Health provides resources and services for children and adults who suffer from SAD or other mental health disorders. In a related note, our Mental Health Center contributed to this article in the Kansas City Star about Becca, a survivor of attempted suicide who received the mental health help she needed. We hope you take the time to read her story.

It’s about to get frosty outside
April 3, 2019

Okay, so we’ve had quite a cold spell here in Johnson County already this fall, but temperatures in the area are about to take a dip in the next few days.

It’s important to know how to keep yourself and your family safe as very low temperatures mix with high winds.

If you’re going to be outside in the cold, you need to protect against dehydration, frostbite and hypothermia. You can stave these by:

  • Wearing several layers of clothing, instead of one or two bulky layers.
  • Wearing a hat and/or scarf to prevent losing body head from an uncovered head.
  • Avoiding consumption of alcoholic beverages. Drinking alcohol may create the feeling of warmth even when you are actually cold or injured.
  • Avoiding wet clothes, shoes or socks, as they may contribute to further loss of body heat.
  • Using mittens — they are better than gloves.
  • Preventing frostbite by using insulated gloves and socks to protect fingers and toes. Also, a scarf or face mask maybe aid to prevent frostbite risks to the nose or ears.
  • Drinking warm liquids such as tea or hot chocolate. The sugar in these beverages may also help generate additional body heat.

When you’re home, here are some tips to prevent cold-related disasters. No one enjoys frozen water pipes. Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes burst. Here’s some helpful prevention tips:

  • Leave water taps slightly open so they drip continuously, even over night.
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm.
  • Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, leave kitchen cabinets open beneath the kitchen sink.

For those residents who may need a warm place to stay during the day, the county’s library buildings also serve as warming centers. Visit the county’s warming center page online. It has the names, locations and phone numbers for warming centers.

Property tax statements due Dec. 20
December 15, 2016

Taxpayers are beginning to receive mail from Johnson County Government’s Treasury and Financial Management department as they have begun mailing 200,694 real estate and 20,874 personal property tax statements.

The deadline for the first-half real estate and personal property taxes is Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, and second-half taxes are due Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

The real estate tax statement includes a comparison of this year’s and last year’s tax breakdown. If taxes are paid by a mortgage company, the statement will say “THIS IS NOT A TAX BILL” at the bottom. Taxpayers who pay their statements directly will have a return payment stub at the bottom of the statement.

Taxes may be paid via several options:

  • Online at jocogov.org — Tax payments may be submitted electronically using the eCheck option for $1 per transaction, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover) for a 2.4 percent fee per transaction.
  • By mail — Taxpayers may mail a check along with the payment stub to P.O. Box 2902, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, 66201.
  • In person — Taxpayers may make a payment at TFM’s office location, 111 S. Cherry St., Suite 1500 in Olathe. Accepted forms of payment include cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover (payment by credit or debit card includes an additional 2.4 percent service fee).

Check TFM’s website for many other services that may be helpful during tax season. Taxpayers may view online an electronic version of their tax statement and print off tax receipts once their payment has been processed.

County celebrates careers of Sheriff Denning and Undersheriff Cavanaugh
April 3, 2019

On Friday, Dec. 9, more than a hundred people gathered to celebrate the careers of Sheriff Frank Denning and Undersheriff Kevin Cavanaugh in a retirement ceremony and celebration at the Olathe Community Center.

Dozens of attendees stood in a receiving line to shake hands with the event’s honorees before speeches and comments kicked off with Denning’s wife, Robin Lewis. Lewis, who swore Denning into office for each of his four terms as Johnson County Sheriff, presented the history of his career that started in Great Bend, Kansas.

Denning joined the Johnson County Sheriff’s department in 1978 as deputy in corrections. He became the county’s undersheriff in 2002 and was elected sheriff in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Among Denning and Cavanaugh’s legacy with the office, she noted the creation of the state-of-the-art (and internationally accredited) Criminalistics Laboratory, the development of the first internet crime unit in the country, collaboration with local mental health resources to improve outcomes for residents who may suffer from mental illness and continuing concern with the safety in Johnson County.

Lewis went on to speak about the career and legacy of Undersheriff Kevin Cavanaugh who began his law enforcement career in Pratt, Kansas. Cavanaugh joined the county sheriff’s office in 2005 as undersheriff to Denning. 


Dec. 15 BOCC meeting moved to Olathe City Hall
December 14, 2016

The Board of County Commissioners meeting scheduled for Dec. 15, 2016, will not be held at the Johnson County Administration building because of audio/visual equipment upgrades. Instead, it will be held at Olathe City Council Chambers, located at 100 E. Santa Fe St. Broadcast of the Dec. 15 BoCC meeting will still be available through jocogov.org.

Preliminary timeline for courthouse construction
March 15, 2017

The preliminary timeline identifies numerous actions to be taken before groundbreaking occurs:

  • Nov. 8 – voters approve Public Safety Sales Tax
  • Dec. 9 - Johnson County Board of County Commissioners adopt a resolution to levy the additional one-fourth cent sales tax countywide for a period of 10 years, beginning on or about April 1, 2017.
  • The Board to amend the county's Capital Improvement Program to include the courthouse and coroner facility projects and authorize the projects.
  • The Public Building Commission to approve the projects and sell bonds.
  • The Facilities Department to issue two request for proposals (RFP) for professional services to start the project work and to have an owner’s representative and a criteria consultant onboard by the first quarter 2017.
  • Selection of the design-build team during the second half of 2017.
  • Early 2018, conduct public engagement regarding the design.
  • First quarter 2018, begin construction.
  • Complete construction by end of 2020 and occupy the building in early 2021.