County Government

Douglas County staff to outline financing plan for jail expansion project

The Douglas County Commission will learn during its next meeting how county staff proposes to pay for a nearly $30 million jail expansion. County Administrator Sarah Plinsky is expected to lay out the financial plans for the proposed $29.6 million expansion project during the commission’s ...

Undersheriff files to run for Douglas County sheriff in 2020 election

The man who is currently second in command to the Douglas County sheriff filed Friday to run for the office, also ensuring a Democratic primary in the race. Gary Bunting, 44, has worked for the sheriff’s office since he and his wife, Theresa, moved to Lawrence in 1996, according to ...

Douglas County to launch drug court program on Thursday

A new court focused on helping people overcome substance abuse is set to begin operating this week. Douglas County will launch its drug court on Thursday by taking referrals for the program, county officials told the Journal-World on Monday. Shannon Bruegge, who will serve as the drug ...

Douglas County Commission to receive cost estimate for planned expansion of jail

Douglas County officials will soon learn how much the planned expansion of the Douglas County Jail will cost. The Douglas County Commission will receive an update on the expansion plans during its work session at 4 p.m. Wednesday. County staff is expected to present an estimated cost for the ...