County Government

Douglas County administrator proposes flat mill levy for 2021 budget

Douglas County may keep its property tax rate flat for its 2021 budget while also focusing on flexibility amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. County Administrator Sarah Plinsky recently told the Journal-World she has proposed a 2021 budget with a flat mill levy of 46.430, which would ...

3 Democratic candidates for Douglas County positions form ‘Justice Ticket’

Three Democratic candidates for Douglas County positions announced on Monday they have formed a coordinated campaign focusing on issues related to criminal justice, housing and climate change. The “Douglas County Justice Ticket” includes District Attorney candidate Cooper Overstreet, ...

Douglas County issues mask mandate in public spaces, beginning Wednesday

Story updated at 5 p.m. Monday: After more than 30 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed over the weekend, Douglas County will soon require everyone in public spaces to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, masks will be required throughout ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit that aimed to stop Douglas County’s plan to expand jail

Updated at 4:20 p.m. A local activist group and others do not have legal standing to challenge Douglas County’s plan to expand its jail, a judge has ruled. In a Tuesday court filing, Judge James Fleetwood dismissed a lawsuit in Douglas County District Court filed by faith-based activist ...

Douglas County Commission to receive update on reducing jail population

The Douglas County Commission will again consider solutions to a possible looming population crisis at the county jail. Criminal Justice Coordinator Mike Brouwer said in a memo to the commissioners that he continued to meet with local criminal justice leaders to discuss how to decrease jail ...

Candidates for Douglas County district attorney to participate in online forum

The three candidates for district attorney will participate in an online forum beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Newcomers Cooper Overstreet and Suzanne Valdez and incumbent DA Charles Branson have all filed as Democrats. No Republicans have filed, so the next DA will likely be chosen in the ...

Douglas County sheriff candidates to participate in online forum

Updated at 2:14 p.m. Tuesday The three candidates for Douglas County sheriff will participate in an online forum hosted by the Lawrence Board of Realtors Thursday afternoon. Lt. Jay Armbrister, Deputy Dale Flory and Capt. Doug Woods, all longtime employees of the sheriff’s office, have all ...