County Government

Douglas County will join initiative to help address chronic homelessness

Douglas County will soon begin crafting a tool to collect data on the local homeless community that will be used to fight chronic homelessness in the area. On Wednesday, the County Commission approved an agreement with Community Solutions to take part in the Built For Zero initiative. ...

Douglas County crisis center receives $750K in state budget

The future Douglas County crisis center has the necessary funding for planning and construction costs. State lawmakers approved the county’s request for $750,000 to finish the center as part of the state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, which Gov. Laura Kelly signed into law ...

Douglas County Commission orders most county facilities closed to the public

The Douglas County Commission ordered most of the county’s facilities to be closed to the public during its meeting on Wednesday amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. County Administrator Sarah Plinsky said the approved closure of facilities will bar the public from most of the county’s ...

Douglas County postpones planned rural bridge work because of COVID-19 pandemic

Douglas County has postponed the closure of a rural bridge until the end of the month because of the coronavirus pandemic. The bridge carrying East 1400 Road over the Wakarusa River was set to be closed for a rehabilitation project starting Monday. But the county announced in a Monday news ...

Local governments offices open, encourage use of online services during pandemic

Story updated at 6:01 p.m. Monday. Offices of local governments are encouraging residents to avoid conducting business in person. Some offices of the Douglas County government are remaining open as many other organizations are closing as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the ...

Bridge over Wakarusa River to close Monday for monthslong rehabilitation project

The bridge carrying East 1400 Road over the Wakarusa River will be closed for a rehabilitation project starting Monday, according to a news release from Douglas County. The bridge is the old Louisiana Street alignment, about 3/4 of a mile north of North 1100 Road, according to the release. ...

2020 Census set to begin population count on Thursday

The counting of all U.S. residents is set to begin. Douglas County households will begin receiving notices for residents to participate in the 2020 Census on Thursday. Karrey Britt, a spokeswoman for the county, said the notices will explain how residents can respond to the census either ...

Douglas County deputy treasurer files to run for treasurer

A county official with six years of experience in the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office has filed to fill its top position. Adam Rains, the current deputy county treasurer, filed Wednesday as a Democrat to run for treasurer, according to the Douglas County elections office. He is the first ...

Douglas County Commission cancels Wednesday meeting

The Douglas County Commission will not meet on Wednesday as previously scheduled. The County Commission’s meeting this week was canceled because of an unexpected scheduling conflict among the commissioners, Douglas County spokeswoman Karrey Britt said. The commissioners were also scheduled ...

Douglas County is finalist for nationwide health prize with $25,000 reward

Douglas County is one of eight finalists for a national prize that rewards communities for their health initiatives. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize honors communities advancing health, opportunity and equity. Winning communities receive a $25,000 cash prize and a ...