County Government

Repairs stop Douglas County Courthouse’s 115-year-old clock

Keen downtown observers may have noticed in the last week that the hands of the four clocks on the tower of the Douglas County Courthouse are stuck at about seven minutes after 1 o'clock. David Sparkes, county buildings and grounds director, can give you a more precise reading of the stopped ...

This week’s Douglas County Commission meeting canceled

The Douglas County Commission meeting for Wednesday has been canceled because one of the three commissioners will be unable to attend. The next commission meeting will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St.

Longtime County Administrator Craig Weinaug announces plans to retire in December

Craig Weinaug announced Thursday that he would retire Dec. 14 as Douglas County administrator after more than 26 years in the position. “It’s time,” said Weinaug, who will be 67 in January. “The average length of time a city or county administrator or manager stays in one position is ...

County Commission advances behavioral health sales tax ballot question

The Douglas County Commission approved ballot language Wednesday for a referendum to be placed before voters in the November general election asking for approval of a quarter-cent sales tax that would fund construction of a behavioral health campus and programming. It is the second referendum ...

Extension organization to have kitchen garage sale

Douglas County K-State Extension Master Food volunteers and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program educators are planning a kitchen garage sale. The sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Flory Meeting Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St. It is a ...

County Commission to approve ballot language for fall behavioral health referendum

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday is expected to approve the language of a ballot question to be placed before voters in November that would finance construction of a behavioral health campus and fund additional mental-health and substance-abuse programs. At its Aug. 15 meeting, ...

Douglas County to raise several service fees

The 2019 budget the Douglas County Commission approved this month will require residents to pay more when using Treasurer's Office satellite sites, securing building or zoning permits or renting a building at the fairgrounds. The only fee increase that currently has a dollar amount attached to ...

Colyer sees net gain of 20 votes in Douglas County, final canvass shows

An official canvass of primary election ballots in Douglas County on Thursday gave Gov. Jeff Colyer a net gain of 20 votes in the Republican gubernatorial primary, a small consolation after he conceded the race two days earlier. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said after the canvass that 66 ...

Margin in Kobach-Colyer race changes as counties count mail-in ballots

Story updated at 6:13 p.m. Aug. 10, 2018: TOPEKA — The razor-thin margin in the Republican primary for governor in Kansas continued to change throughout the day Friday as several counties, including Douglas County, tallied up mail-in ballots that have come in since Tuesday. As of 6:10 p.m., ...

Douglas County voters go to primary polls in record numbers

Douglas County voters turned out for Tuesday primary in record shattering numbers, Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said. More than 18,500 voters participated in the primary for a turnout of about 24 percent. The turnout number isn’t known because advance ballots the Clerk’s Office receives ...