County Government

Local criminal justice leader says COVID-19 could cause a jail population crisis

Douglas County's criminal justice coordinator says the county jail's inmate population could become a crisis in the second half of the year because of COVID-19, and the County Commission will continue discussing what to do about it on Wednesday. During Tuesday's Criminal Justice Coordinating ...

Now that the filing deadline has passed, here are the candidates for area races

The election races are set. On Monday, the deadline to file for election to Douglas County and local state offices passed, setting up some primary elections later this summer. Primary elections are scheduled for Aug. 4. Primary winners will head to a general election on Nov. 3. While the ...

Former law enforcement officer files to run for Douglas County Commission

A former law enforcement officer and current business owner is running for a seat on the Douglas County Commission. Brett LaRue, who owns and operates a home inspection service, filed for the county’s Second District seat as a Republican, according to a tweet from the Douglas County ...

Douglas County undersheriff withdraws from race for sheriff

Douglas County Undersheriff Gary Bunting has withdrawn from the race for Douglas County sheriff, he said Friday. “While I feel that I could have done an outstanding job for our community, its citizens, and our employees; health and family issues take a priority over the campaign,” Bunting ...

Record keeper for Lawrence police files to run for Douglas County register of deeds

A public servant with experience in record keeping and a love for land management has decided to run for the office of Douglas County register of deeds. Kim Murphree, who has served as a records manager for the Lawrence Police Department for the last 18 years, recently filed to run for the ...

Douglas County Commission plans to resume in-person meetings next month

The Douglas County Commission could hold its meetings in person next month. During the commission’s meeting on Wednesday, which was held on an online conference call, County Administrator Sarah Plinsky told the commissioners she recommended they resume in-person meetings after the third ...

Douglas County Commission to meet for brief agenda Wednesday

The Douglas County Commission will convene for a meeting with a brief agenda on Wednesday. All of the items the commissioners will consider are listed for the meeting’s consent agenda, which allows the commissioners to consider and approve several items in one motion, unless a commissioner ...