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Funeral to close trio of county departments for several hours on Friday

February 9, 2011

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A trio of departments in the Douglas County Courthouse will be closed for several hours on Friday to allow staff members to attend the funeral of a longtime county employee.

Dennis Albers, the county’s director of geographical information systems, died Feb. 2 while shoveling snow at his home in Olathe, according to a county official. He was a 24-year employee of the county, and several of the departments that he worked mostly closely with are closing temporarily because all members of the department wish to attend the funeral in Olathe, said Kay Pesnell, Douglas County Register of Deeds.

“It was just so sudden,” Pesnell said of Albers’ death. “He was fun to work with. He was just a really neat guy to have around.”

The Register of Deeds Office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday for the services. The GIS and the appraiser’s office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. All other county departments will remain open.

Albers, 57, performed a number of mapping activities for the county. He also was a founding member of JumpStartSudan, an organization that provided humanitarian relief for the African country. He is survived by, among others, wife, Christine, and sons Mark and Michael.

Pesnell said closing a county department is rare, but is occasionally done for funerals. She said the last time her department closed was about four years ago when a staff member died.

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conservative 3 years, 2 months ago

I know that at least in the past it was a requirement for people in the sheriffs department to be county residents within 6 months of being hired. I'm glad they gave the employees the time to go to the funeral, i am a little surprised that they can't get someone from other departments to keep the offices open.

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conservative 3 years, 2 months ago

I know that at least in the past it was a requirement for people in the sheriffs department to be county residents within 6 months of being hired. I'm glad they gave the employees the time to go to the funeral, i am a little surprised that they can't get someone from other departments to keep the offices open.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 2 months ago

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engagedecoy 3 years, 2 months ago

HEY LJWORLD, THANKS FOR DOING ALL THE WORK AND LISTING WHICH OFFICES ARE CLOSED........You know some people might like to know this info too.

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ResQd 3 years, 2 months ago

My condolences to the family. I'm also glad to hear that the county has decided to let the friends of the deceased attend his funeral and temporarily close down the departments.

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monkeyspunk 3 years, 2 months ago

Damn. I used to work at the county and talked to Dennis often while I worked there.

Very intelligent and nice guy. Rest in peace.

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Kevin Sontag 3 years, 2 months ago

Rest in peace, Dennis. You're a good man.

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macon47 3 years, 2 months ago

WORKERS RIGHTS???? they have more rights that the folks that pay them for not working

(and i am not talking about govt employees)

i can remember if you worked for ford, you were expected to drive a ford and not a rice rocket

or if you sold xyz paint, you painted your house with xyz paint

,, but todays (not just govt) workers have rights they typically get to show up when they can leave when they want to , and dabble on the internet all day while complaining they are not paid enough

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macon47 3 years, 2 months ago

deec, perhaps you are pleased he didnt die on county time maybe that will make it better for you ,

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deec 3 years, 2 months ago

This is nice that they are closing for the funeral, but I though county employees were required to live in Douglas county.

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