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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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About Johnson County

Johnson County is a local government located in northeast Kansas that was organized on September 7, 1857. We serve a diverse and expanding population through five agencies and 34 county departments. More than 3,800 public servants are dedicated to helping Johnson County remain a safe, vibrant community.

Population: Approximately 560,000 residents (the most populous of Kansas’ 105 counties)

Geography: 473 square miles, nestled in the southwestern quadrant of the Kansas City metropolitan region.

Municipalities:

  • Bonner Springs
  • De Soto
  • Edgerton
  • Fairway
  • Gardner
  • Lake Quivira
  • Leawood
  • Lenexa
  • Merriam
  • Mission
  • Mission Hills
  • Mission Woods
  • Olathe
  • Overland Park
  • Prairie Village
  • Roeland Park
  • Shawnee
  • Spring Hill
  • Westwood
  • Westwood Hills

Functions: Johnson County Government provides more than 350 services, including a wide variety of functions — everything from answering 9-1-1 calls and assisting libraries, to maintaining park facilities and reviewing building plans.

Our website is specifically organized to make these many services easier to find, and to help residents gain a better understanding of all that the county does. Please take a moment to browse and learn more about all the services we provide, or check out a complete directory of services here>

County Government Structure: Under the Home Rule Charter,  

Johnson County is governed by a seven member, non-partisan, elected Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC appoints the County Manager, County Clerk and County Treasurer. Johnson County also has an elected Sheriff and District Attorney.

Weekly BOCC Meetings: The BOCC meets every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the BOCC Hearing Room located on the third floor of the County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, Olathe, Kansas 66061. 


County History: Established on August 25, 1855, and named after Reverend Thomas Johnson, Johnson County was one of the first counties in the Kansas Territory. Kansas became a state on January 29, 1861.

Read more about Johnson County history here>

Contact Us

Jody Hanson
Director of Public Affairs and Communication
913-715-0730

Theresa Freed
Assistant Director of Public Affairs and Communication
913-715-0423

Gerald Hay
Public Information Officer and Editor, The Best Times
913-715-0736

Lori Sand
Senior Communications Specialist
913-715-8572

Caitlin Ferguson
Communications Specialist (Graphic Designer)
913-715-0752

Eric Schultz
Multimedia Specialist
913-715-0739

Che'rell Bilquist
Advertising Sales Manager, The Best Times and JoCo Magazine
913-715-8920

Keith Davenport
Social Media Specialist
913-715-0732

Nicole Blackwell
Web Content Specialist
913-715-0438

JoCo Magazine: Current Issue

Download the Winter 2019 PDF of JoCo Magazine.

Cover of Winter 2019 JoCo Magazine


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News Releases

Please browse these recent news releases to learn more about all that's happening at Johnson County Government.

Overview

Working under the direction of the County Manager, and in conjunction with the Board of County Commissioners, the public information office serves as the central point of contact for communications and information countywide.

The public information office exists to promote communication, cooperation, and strong connections between Johnson County Government and the diverse communities we serve.

Responsibilities of the public information team include:

  • Broadcasting
  • Media Relations
  • Public Information
  • Citizen Engagement
  • News Advisories
  • Videography
  • Emergency Communications
  • Newsletters
  • Special Events
  • External Communications
  • Photography
  • Speeches/Speaking Points
  • Graphic Design
  • Presentations
  • Social Media
  • Internal Communications
  • Press Releases
  • Website
  • Marketing
  • Public Affairs

PIO Services

Working at the direction of the County Manager, and in conjunction with the Board of County Commissioners, the public information office serves as the central point of contact for communications and information countywide.

The public information office exists to promote communication, cooperation, and strong connections between Johnson County Government and the diverse communities we serve.

Responsibilities of the public information team include:

  • Broadcasting
  • Media Relations
  • Public Information
  • Citizen Engagement
  • News Advisories
  • Videography
  • Emergency Communications
  • Newsletters
  • Special Events
  • External Communications
  • Photography
  • Speech/Speaking Points
  • Graphic Design
  • Presentations
  • Social Media
  • Internal Communications
  • Press Releases
  • Website
  • Marketing
  • Public Affairs

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The Best Times: Archive

The Best Times: Bi-Monthly

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The Best Times: Guidelines

The Best Times is a bimonthly 8.5 x 10 glossy magazine provided for all Johnson County residents aged 60 plus, publishing articles that inform, challenge, support, entertain and persuade.

In September 1982, Best Times was an 11 x 17 newspaper that began as a pilot program funded through a grant from the Older Americans Act and the state of Kansas. Later the paper became a regular publication of Johnson County Human Services. It is currently published as a magazine every other month by the County Manager's Office.

The Best Times is mailed directly to 71,000 Johnson County households with a family member 60 or older. The mailing list is updated every other month from the Johnson County voter registration rolls, or residents may request that their names be added. For families outside of Johnson County and others, there is a $25 annual subscription fee.

The Best Times is also available for pickup from libraries, senior centers and multi-service centers. Overall readership is estimated at 90,000.

SUBSCRIPTIONS & CALENDAR 

Contact CMO-BT@jocogov.org (913) 715-8930

SUBSCRIPTIONS

We update the mailing list monthly from the voter registration rolls. If you are 60 or older and a resident of Johnson County, all you need to do is let us know your name and address. Non-residents and those under age 60 may subscribe to The Best Times for $15 per year. Send your check, made out to The Best Times, to 111 S. Cherry St, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061. If you get duplicate issues at your address give us a call and we will manually delete one name. If you move within Johnson County, send us a change-of-address notice. If you move outside of Johnson County and want to receive the paper, include your check for $15 with the notice.

CALENDAR

The Best Times includes an extensive calendar section featuring classes, support groups, workshops, and more of interest to mature adults. Items for the calendar should be submitted to:

The Best Times
111 S. Cherry St.,
Suite 3300
Olathe, KS 66061 

Telephone messages are useful only in an emergency or to make last-minute changes. We reserve the right to edit or abbreviate submitted items. Calendar items should arrive in our office no later than the eighth of the month prior to publication. For example, items for the August calendar need to be here no later than July 8. We run calendar items on a space-available basis. Occasionally it is not possible to include all items submitted.

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