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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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Make every day special for your family
September 19, 2018

Family Day on Sept. 24 is more than a day on the calendar. Family Day celebrates simple, everyday things parents can do to connect with their kids. Since 2001, the grassroots effort has encouraged families to make time to connect at various times of the day. Whether driving your kids to practice, tucking them into bed, or enjoying a meal around the dinner table, the day offers everyone an opportunity to take a break and enjoy time as a family. Family Day is all about making every day special.

The simple, little things you do with your kids make a big difference. These activities create strong, healthy relationships that can prevent future drug use. On the fourth Monday of September, Family Day brings together communities across the country to celebrate the positive influence parents have on their kids. Here is a list of free or inexpensive fun activities for your family to enjoy.

Why is it so important to act early? If your kids aren’t used to talking to you about their day when they are 8 or 10, it’s harder to start at 12-14.

Research published in the journal New Directions for Child and Adolescent Behavior found that dining as a family can help improve literacy among children, as family conversations build their vocabularies and story comprehension. Another study from CASA Columbia found that teens who frequently participated in family dinners were less likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs. Still not convinced? Data collected by Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, indicated that families who ate meals together were typically healthier than those that didn't. Kids were more likely to chow down on fruits and veggies, and they were less likely to exhibit signs of depression. 

Family Day is a national initiative created by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens.

Now, how will your family participate in Family Day? We’d love to see you post a selfie of your family enjoying the day to social media using #JoCoFamilyDay.

We hope you enjoy this video about Family Day.

 

Election workers needed for Nov. 6 general election
September 19, 2018

The Johnson County Election Office is seeking 1,000 new election workers to serve voters at Johnson County polls during the Nov. 6 General Election.

To be eligible to serve, residents must be registered to vote at their current address in Johnson County, complete election worker training and be available 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. the day of the election. The training sessions will be offered multiple times between Oct. 20 and Oct. 31, including evening and weekend options.

Workers are paid a stipend of $110 for Election Day, $25 for attending classroom training and $25 for hands-on training with the voting equipment.

Residents can get more information or apply to become an election worker on the Johnson County Election Office website.

 

Help celebrate park's Grand Opening
September 17, 2018

Bring the entire family and help celebrate the grand opening of Big Bull Creek Park, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's newest park.

Big Bull Creek Park is located at 20425 Sunflower Road in Edgerton, Kansas.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at the Sunflower Road access point. Light refreshments will be provided and there will be giveaways while supplies last.

Following the ribbon cutting, the park police substation/park maintenance facility and the organized group camp area will be open.

Other highlights of the park include:

  • A nature play area.
  • A three-quarter-mile paved trail.
  • A prairie restoration area.
  • An 18-hole disc golf course.

Construction for Big Bull Creek Park began in the spring of 2017. The park totals 2,060 acres and will be the largest park in the JCPRD park system.

Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community
September 14, 2018

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 9 -15, 2018. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and each year nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide. In an effort to build awareness and educate, the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting a training event on Friday, Sept. 14 that is free and open to the community.

The topic is “Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community.” Participants will leave with an improved understanding of the challenges of LGBTQ+ people in the community, especially with regard to suicide, clear action steps they can take to be a powerful ally in preventing suicide, and an introduction to the neuroscience of unconscious bias and how it impacts one’s ability to make a difference.

The program will be presented by Jay Pryor, a speaker, executive coach and facilitator of corporate trainings and workshops around the world. They are a transgender and gender non-conforming advocate and educator for inclusivity and gender consciousness. They also serve as the co-host of Doing the Work with Jay and Becca, a weekly podcast devoted to awakening people to their own power to transform their lives. Jay is the author of the acclaimed book, Lean Inside: 7 Steps to Personal Power: A Practical Guide to Transformation for Women. Jay lives with their wife Jessica and their two children in Lawrence, Kansas.

The program will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center – 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

To RSVP, please contact Joe Kordalski at RKordalski@usd232.org or 913-667-6250

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition saves and supports life, with our community partners, through awareness, education and outreach. The coalition meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Mental Health Center – 1125 W. Spruce St. in Olathe. To learn more about the coalition, visit jocogov.org/spc or call 913-715-7880.

Local lawn and garden expert wins national award
September 9, 2019

If you ask Dennis Patton, horticulture agent for Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, whether he has a favorite movie he might just say, “The Seven Year Itch.” After all, it was exactly seven years ago when Patton won, for the first time, the National Association of County Agricultural Agents award as the top columnist in the nation.

Patton has now received his second communications award, presented to him at the NACAA’s annual meeting and professional development conference. The association, which includes the nation’s horticulture agents, honored Patton for his columns in The Kansas City Star’s special “GROW” sections that were published during the spring and fall seasons. To reach the national level, Patton had to win at both the state and regional level.

Patton has been an agent for K-State Research and Extension for nearly 36 years, having started out as the horticulture agent in McPherson County before moving to Johnson County in 1987. His passion for gardening was learned at his grandmother’s knee on their family farm in south-central Kansas. But it is his devotion to customer service and extensive horticultural knowledge that has earned him a well-deserved reputation as the go-to lawn and garden expert for the KC metro, and, in some instances, across the country. Patton has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, quoted on the CBS Morning Show, and his columns often show up in newspapers around the country.

Photo caption: (l-r) Dennis Patton was presented the National Association of County Agricultural Agents communications award by Lance Walheim, national book author and garden expert for Bayer Advanced lawn and garden products.

Unofficial final election results available
September 11, 2019

On Election Day, 118,708 Johnson County residents took to the polls to vote in the primary elections. The Johnson County Election Office has posted the unofficial final count of votes cast in the county on their webpage. Statewide results are available through the office of the Kansas Secretary of State.

Official final election results will be available following certification by the Board of Canvassers, which is also the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. They canvass the votes on the Monday following the election at 9 a.m. at the Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road. The Board of Canvassers determines the validity of any provisional or challenged ballots. Following the processing of the valid ballots, the official vote summary is certified by the Board of Canvassers as the official final election results which will also be posted on the Johnson County Election Office’s webpage.

 

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