County Government

Incumbent Douglas County clerk files for reelection

Douglas County’s top election officer is seeking to retain his seat for a fifth term in the 2020 election. Jamie Shew, a Democrat, filed for reelection as the Douglas County clerk earlier this week. He has led the clerk's office since he was first elected to the position in 2004. Shew told ...

County tax clerk files to run for treasurer position in 2020 election

A 17-year veteran of the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office is the second employee of the office to join the race to become its next leader. Timothy Morland, a registration and tax clerk, on Monday filed to run for the Douglas County treasurer position as a Democrat, according to the county ...

Douglas County Commission to consider providing additional funding to Just Food

Douglas County could soon provide some help to make sure a local food bank can feed county residents during the coronavirus pandemic. The County Commission on Wednesday will consider providing Just Food, a food bank providing services to Douglas County residents, up to $100,000 of ...

Douglas County reopens most facilities with added protective measures

Douglas County has reopened most of its facilities to the public, but county officials have asked residents to follow protective guidelines when visiting. On Monday, the county reopened all of its facilities to the public except its treasurer’s office locations, which will remain closed to ...

Study indicates no need to expand Douglas County Jail, Justice Matters argues

An activist group opposed to the expansion of the Douglas County Jail now has a study that supports the idea that the county should invest in long-term alternatives to incarceration programs rather than building more jail cells. “All you’re doing is putting a Band-Aid on a problem that ...

District Attorney Charles Branson files for reelection in 2020

The Douglas County district attorney will seek to retain his seat in the 2020 election. Charles Branson, who has served as district attorney since January 2005, announced in a Tuesday news release that he filed to run for reelection. He is running as a Democrat, according to the Kansas ...

Douglas County Commission’s April 29 meeting canceled

The Douglas County Commission will not meet this week. The county canceled its meeting scheduled for Wednesday because it would have been the fifth meeting of April, said Karrey Britt, a spokeswoman for the county. The commission meets regularly on Wednesdays, but it sometimes cancels ...

Property tax deadline looming, but extension for pandemic unlikely

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed much, but it appears it won’t delay the property tax collector. Home and business owners ought to be prepared to meet the quickly approaching May 10 deadline for property tax payments, as state and local officials told the Journal-World they were not ...

Captain files to run for Douglas County Sheriff in 2020 election

A 33-year veteran of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is the fourth employee of the office to join the race to become its next leader. Doug Woods, the office’s operations division administrative captain, announced his candidacy for the sheriff position in a news release on Tuesday. He ...