County Government

Absence of jail funding makes one-time opponents now support Proposition 1

Douglas County Commissioner Michelle Derusseau has taken a different approach to Proposition 1 than she did for a similar ballot question last spring. Derusseau has not scheduled informational meetings for the current ballot question as she did for the first Proposition 1, which was defeated ...

Weekly County Commission meeting canceled

With no large item on its agenda, the Douglas County Commission has canceled its meeting for Wednesday. The commission is next scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St.

Douglas County clerk says advance voting at record pace for midterm elections

Advance voting numbers have convinced Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew that this is not a normal midterm election year. At the end of Saturday, 4,538 registered county voters had filled out in-person advance ballots and another 12,628 had requested mail-in advance ballots, Shew said Monday. ...

Voters Guide: 3 Douglas County District Court judges on ballot for retention

Three Douglas County District Court judges are on the general election ballot for a yes or no retention vote. Kansas district court judges stand for retention every four years. This year, those in Douglas County District Court on the ballot are Sally Pokorny, Amy Hanley and Chief Judge Peggy ...

KDOT official says upgrade to west leg of K-10 might have to be funded using tolls

Depending on what state legislators allocate for highway funding next year, improvements to the west leg of Kansas Highway 10 might have to be funded using tolls, a Kansas Department of Transportation official told the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday. KDOT project manager Aaron Frits ...

County Commission to hear statistical report on behavioral health needs

The county’s director of behavioral health services and two Lawrence public health professionals will share statistics Wednesday with the Douglas County Commission that point to the need for increased behavioral health services in the county. The report — prepared by Bob Tryanski, county ...

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 ...