County Government

Two Democrats file to run for Douglas County district attorney

Two Lawrence attorneys are officially in the running to become the top prosecutor in Douglas County. Cooper Overstreet, a defense attorney for the Swain Law Office, and Suzanne Valdez, a law professor at the University of Kansas, both filed to run for the Douglas County district attorney ...

Douglas County Commission approves funding for new student meal program

The Douglas County Commission has approved $43,500 in funding for a new meal service for Lawrence students that was launched earlier this week. On Tuesday, the Lawrence school district announced that several restaurants had stepped up to launch the new meal program, which replaced a former ...

Court sets deadlines for next responses in Douglas County jail expansion lawsuit

The Douglas County District Court on Wednesday set a deadline for a local activist group to respond to the county government’s motion to dismiss the group's lawsuit that aims to halt the county’s plans to expand its jail. Attorneys for Douglas County and Justice Matters, which has long ...

Douglas County formally requests court to dismiss jail expansion lawsuit

Douglas County has formally asked the Douglas County District Court to throw out a lawsuit filed by a local activist group that would halt the planned expansion of the county’s jail. It also requested the court to expedite scheduling of the hearing on the matter to avoid delay on the ...

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 ...