County Government

New county administrator gets raise in permanent appointment to position

Douglas County’s new administrator received a raise when the County Commission approved her contract last month. County Administrator Sarah Plinsky will earn a $185,000 base salary in her new position, according to the contract the commission approved on Sept. 11. That’s $16,000 more than ...

Douglas County Commission to get first look at comprehensive plan on development

The Douglas County Commission will soon get its first look at a proposed plan that outlines how the county and City of Lawrence will consider development in the future. During its meeting on Wednesday, the commission will receive a presentation on Plan 2040, a comprehensive plan that covers ...

Local leaders: As senior population grows, more health workers will be needed

As the number of seniors in Douglas County grows, a shortage of health care providers in the local workforce will become a larger issue. To help address that issue, the state needs to find ways to make sure health care providers earn a living wage, Democratic state Sen. Marci Francisco said ...

Douglas County leaders, staff discuss responsibility for ‘abandoned’ cemeteries

In the rural part of Douglas County, between Lecompton and Lawrence, a cemetery sitting on private land is an important piece of the county's African American history. But staff told county leaders Wednesday that if the county wants to preserve that history, it will need to work through an ...

Local organizations asking for feedback on biking, walking paths to schools

Several local organizations are asking parents of Lawrence students to help improve walking and biking pathways to elementary and middle schools. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department announced in a recent news release that parents can provide feedback on their experiences of ...