Johnson County’s Annual Report
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 @ 8:15PM
Letter from leadership
2017 was a year of signi cant progress on projects across the county including planning and designing a new courthouse approved by voters in 2016; designing a new medical examiner and coroner facility; building new libraries, parks and trails; and expanding transit services to connect people to jobs.
Daily collaboration has been our key to success in county government on these projects and in many areas. The most important collaborative e orts are with our residents — receiving feedback and input on what those of you who live, work and play in this community want to see in the county. Our annual citizens survey continues to show a high overall satisfaction rate of 97 percent, indicating that we are on the right track. But we will not stop there. We are committed to doing everything we can to make this community better for future generations.
Residents played a key part in our park and library master plans, and also during our numerous public engagement meetings regarding the county courthouse that started early in 2016.
We gained national attention in a number of areas including our Park & Recreation District, recognized as the best in the nation with the National Gold Medal Award. Our efforts in improving services for those coming in contact with the local criminal justice system have garnered national attention as we have worked with the White House, the National Association of Counties and the University of Chicago to develop best practices for using data to connect individuals with key services they need such as mental health or other programs.
These examples of national recognition provide just a glimpse into the work going on throughout our organization. We seek out opportunities to collaborate and use the latest available technologies to improve our programs and services for residents.
From wastewater, health and environment, planning and codes, public works, and elections to emergency management and beyond, we are collaborating to implement the latest technology and leverage resources to keep our community healthy and safe.
We strive to be a leader in county government in the U.S. Johnson County was recently chosen as the 23rd best county in the nation by USA Today, which places our county in the top 1 percent of the more than 3,000 counties in the country.
The opportunities for continuous improvement are always within our grasp if we work together to nd solutions in our community — collaborating with local governments, private partners and businesses, non-pro t organizations, and, most importantly, our residents. These actions have proven extremely valuable in the past and will continue to help us achieve our goals in the future.
This 2017 annual report highlights many of our e orts and successes during the past year made possible through collaboration within our organization and our community, and spotlights the hard work and dedication of our county employees who work together to make Johnson County the best possible community in the metro, region, state and nation.
Chairman, Board of County Commissioners
Penny Postoak Ferguson
Interim County Manager
See the full report online at https://jocogov.org/sites/default/files/pio-publications/JoCo_2017AnnualRpt_web.pdf