County Government

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 ...

Douglas County Commission to consider new employee health care plan

Douglas County and its employees may soon see a cost increase in the county health care plan. The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will consider approving a one-year renewal of its employee health care plan with Trustmark that would begin on June 1 and last until May 31, 2021. Of three ...

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 ...