County Government

Lieutenant files to run for Douglas County sheriff in 2020

A 20-year veteran of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has filed to run for sheriff. Jay Armbrister, 42, of Baldwin City, filed Oct. 4 to run as a Democrat. Armbrister said he filed early because he was eager to share his candidacy with county residents. “It’s always been my goal to ...

Official to reveal downsized plan for behavioral health campus

The man charged with developing new plans for a behavioral health campus and associated enhanced services will present the Douglas County Commission with ways to shave hundreds of thousands of dollars off of an earlier set of plans. The plans Bob Tryanski, county director of behavioral health ...

State juvenile justice reforms have major implications for Douglas County facilities

Sweeping changes stemming from the state’s 2016 reform of juvenile justice are calling into question the future of the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center and the adjacent day school for at-risk students, said Pam Weigand, director of Douglas County Criminal Justice Services. The state ...

Douglas County undersheriff retires

The undersheriff for the operations division of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has retired. The retirement of Jim Martin, who was hired for the position in 2013, was announced Wednesday, Sgt. Kristen Channel, sheriff’s office spokeswoman, said in response to an inquiry from the ...

KDOT to propose safety upgrades for 5 intersections on west leg of K-10

Engineers with the Kansas Department of Transportation next month will present to the Douglas County Commission proposals for improving safety at five at-grade intersections on the west leg of Kansas Highway 10. KDOT is currently reviewing accident and speed statistics for the K-10 ...

Douglas County Commission signals intent to raise age to buy tobacco products

The Douglas County Commission signaled Wednesday that it would pass an ordinance increasing the age to legally buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping liquids, to 21. All three county commissioners said they favored the age increase. But commissioners said formal action would ...