Johnson County government consists of 15 elected officials who run on party tickets, with August party primary winners facing off in the November general election.
The county building, 300 N. Holden St., is the hub of most governmental activity. The county’s web site is www.jococourthouse.com.
County Commission: The three-member commission comprise the county’s administrative arm, making decisions that include developing, adopting and enforcing the county budget; developing ordinances for the public health, safety and welfare; supervising the building and maintaining of roads and bridges. Commissioners generally meet in the commission chambers at the courthouse Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is (660) 747-2112.
The county clerk keeps commission records and serves as the county’s election authority. The office also issues county liquor and merchants licenses and handles sales tax and fictitious name applications. Phone: (660) 747-6161.
The collector mails personal property and real estate tax bills; handles tax collection and distribution for the county and the other taxing jurisdictions; issues merchant licenses; and conducts annual tax sales. Phone: (660) 747-5531.
The assessor determines values of all personal property and real estate in Johnson County; transfers ownership of real estate on tax records; and completes and updates county maps as property changes. Phone: (660) 747-9822.
The auditor maintains the general ledgers for the county; handles accounts payable; countersigns all licenses, tax statements and checks issued for the county; and audits monthly reports from the offices. Phone: (660) 747-2633.
The recorder maintains real estate and other documents, including warranty deeds, deeds of trust, subdivision plats, surveys, tax liens, releases and assignments. The office also issues marriage licenses, stores plats and surveys, and files military discharges and miscellaneous documents. Phone: (660) 747-6811.
The treasurer disburses and invests county funds; balances the books and ensures money is accounted for in separate funds; maintains records for grants and reimbursements held by Johnson County; and ensures the correct deposit to more than 87 funds. Phone: (660) 747-7411.
The public administrator provides guardianship and/or conservatorship duties and reports to the court annually about the care and administration of each estate. Phone: (660) 747-5327.
The prosecutor prosecutes criminal cases involving state offenses. The prosecutor also advises the county officials on civil matters relating to county government. Phone: (660) 422-7400.
The circuit clerk maintains records for the circuit, associate and probate courts, maintains court dockets, handles filings for civil and criminal cases, and is responsible for juror notices and procedures. Phone: (660) 422-7413.
The sheriff is responsible for the operations of the Sheriff’s Office and the Johnson County Jail.
The surveyor surveys county projects, such as road openings, for the county and “remonuments” corners at the county’s request. His office is at 425 N. Holden St. Phone: (660) 747-9512.
The coroner does autopsies and inquests in cases of suspicious deaths; pronounces victims dead at the scene of accidents and other violent or suspicious deaths; issues rulings on cause of death; and signs death certificates; and performs the duties of sheriff when the office is vacant. His office is at 617 N. Maguire Street. Phone: (660) 747-9114.