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.
Boad of County Commissioners meetings resume Jan. 10
January 2, 2019
The Jan. 3 Board of County Commissioners meeting has been cancelled, due to the lack of quorum. The board will reconvene on Jan. 10.
Don't toss your tree - recycle it
January 4, 2019
Every year, countless Christmas trees end up in landfills. But there’s a better way to take down the holiday décor while being environmentally friendly. Johnson County Parks and Recreation District will gladly take your tree off your hands at no cost.
Trees will be accepted through Jan. 31 at four collection sites throughout the county. They include:
• The parking lot at The Theater Theatre in the Park, in Shawnee Mission Park. A special entrance for tree disposal is located at 7710 Renner Rd., Shawnee
• The Heritage Park marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Rd., Olathe
• The north side of the parking lot at the marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe
• Big Bull Cree Park, at 20425 Sunflower Rd., Edgerton
Trees will be collected during regular winter park hours, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the exception of Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter.
In 2017, close to 5,000 trees were recycled. Some of the trees received this year will be mulched for use on trails and in landscaping, while others will be used to improve fish habitat in district lakes.
No yard waste will be accepted—only Christmas trees. Wrappers should be removed from the discarded trees, as well as any remaining decorations, especially tinsel and other decorations made from mylar, shiny plastic or aluminum.
It’s that time of year again — flu season. As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. The Department of Health and Environment recommends you get a flu vaccine now if you haven't gotten vaccinated yet this season.
There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccination can reduce your risk of flu illness, doctors’ visits and missed work and school due to flu. Even if you are vaccinated and still get sick, flu vaccine can reduce the severity of your illness.
Flu vaccination can help protect women during and after pregnancy. The vaccine can protect a baby born to a vaccinated mom for several months after birth.
Flu vaccine also has been shown to:
Save children’s lives.
Prevent serious events associated with chronic lung disease, diabetes and heart disease.
Prevent flu-related hospitalization among working age adults and older adults.
Getting vaccinated isn’t just about keeping you healthy. It’s also about helping to protect others around you. Others may be vulnerable to becoming very sick, including babies, older adults and pregnant women.
It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season! Get your flu shot at one of the Johnson County Department of Health Environment’s walk-in health clinics in Olathe or Mission.
Robert Sullivan joins task force to examine pretrial detention practices
February 28, 2020
Robert Sullivan, director of the Department of Corrections, has been tapped by the Kansas Supreme Court to serve on an ad hoc task force that will examine pretrial detention practices in Kansas district courts and report its findings and recommendations to the court within 18 months.
The 15-member task force was created by a Nov. 7 Supreme Court order signed by Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. Its membership includes judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors and court services and community corrections officers. Sullivan is the only representative from Johnson County. The first meeting will convene Dec. 13 and 14 in Topeka.
The task force is charged with examining current pretrial detention practices for criminal defendants in Kansas district courts, as well as alternatives to pretrial detention used to ensure public safety and encourage an accused to appear for court proceedings.
The task force will also compare Kansas practices to effective pretrial detention practices and detention alternatives identified by other courts. This comparison could be used to develop best practices for Kansas district courts.
County, local business partners offer life-changing experiences
September 11, 2019
Today, Johnson County’s Community Supported Employment Program (CSEP) hosted a breakfast reception to recognize and thank 30 local businesses that are integral to the success of the programs offered by Johnson County Developmental Supports, the Mental Health Center and the Department of Correction and has provided tremendous support to the job seekers in these programs in a variety of ways.
Some business partners have consistently participated in job fairs and special events sponsored through each of these departments. Others have provided internships and work experiences. Many have offered full or part-time employment opportunities. All of the efforts afforded by these community business partners enables CSEP to connect the right person to the right job.
Olga Deckman, state employee with Court Services and former Project SEARCH intern, credited Project SEARCH and the CSEP program with literally changing her life.
"When I first came to Project SEARCH I didn’t have much confidence that I would ever find a job, based on previous experience with prospective employers," Deckman said.
Deckman said that once they became aware of her unique physical challenges, they were no longer interested in hiring her.
"Project SEARCH has the same goals I did, to become independent and to be able to drive! I have built a work family that has not only helped me plan a solid and consistent career path, but they have paved a pathway of hope toward a bright future," she said.
"Being limited to taking public transportation was such a barrier," she shared, "that I couldn't keep a job. The transportation offered by Johnson County was a key to my success. Now that I am employed I was able to buy my own car!"
CSEP was formed to help share ideas and resources between the three county departments that help individuals in the community to find and maintain employment. The business partners have been instrumental in efforts to assist those individuals who face challenges and barriers to employment and help them succeed in life.
New renderings available on new Johnson County Courthouse
December 5, 2019
New interior renderings and fly-through animation of the new Johnson County Courthouse are now available here.
These materials as well as a project status report were presented to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, sitting as the Committee of the Whole, on Thursday, Oct. 25. Brad Reinhardt, Director of Facilities Management, presented the update with representatives from project team members JE Dunn, TreanorHL and Fentress Architects. A news release that summarizes the presentation is available at this link.