2008

6 Stories
Posted on: November 13, 2008

2008 State of the County Address

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders delivers his 2008 State of the County Address.

> MORE
Posted on: September 8, 2008

Historic Military Post Turns 200

Jackson County commemorated the 200th anniversary of one of its oldest and most significant historical sites September 6-7.

More than 1,200 people attended the two-day event as the County marked 200 years since the establishment of Fort Osage. In 1808,...> MORE

Posted on: July 22, 2008

County Praised For NACo Conference Success

Jackson County and the entire Greater Kansas City region has raised the bar of excellence in terms of hosting a National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference. The 2008 NACo Conference and Exposition proved to be a great triumph for our area as...> MORE

Posted on: April 4, 2008

County Executive Announces New Tax Payment Plan For Seniors

Missouri State Senator Victor Callahan (D-District 11) joined Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders in announcing a new tax payment program for Jackson County's senior citizens. The new program will enable seniors, 62 or older, to pay their residential pr...> MORE

Posted on: February 11, 2008

Sheriff Phillips' 30 Years Of Service Honored

Jackson County Sheriff Tom Phillips was presented his 30-year service pin by County Executive Mike Sanders during the County Legislature's February 11 meeting.

Phillips began his career with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in 1978 and rose through ...> MORE

Posted on: February 5, 2008

COMBAT Transition Underway

The process has begun to transform how the Jackson County COMBAT ( COM munity B acked A nti-Drug Sales T ax) program is administered.

On February 4, the County Legislature approved the transition plan put forth by the COMBAT Review Committee. The Comm...> MORE


2009

22 Stories
Posted on: November 12, 2009

2009 State of the County Address

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders delivers his 2009 State of the County Address.

> MORE
Posted on: October 14, 2009

New 'K' Earns 'Community Treasure' Award

Four days after the Kansas City Royals, with Cy Young Award contender Zack Grienke on the mound, won their 2009 home finale, the place they call home -- Kauffman Stadium -- received one of the KC area's most prestigious architectural awards.

During a s...> MORE

Posted on: September 30, 2009

County Presents Checks To Domestic Violence Shelters

Expressing his wish that it could be more, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders presented more than $10,000 in checks to three local domestic violence shelters Wednesday, September 30 at County Courthouse.

The Rose Brooks Center, Inc., Hope House, Inc...> MORE

Posted on: September 25, 2009

County Playing Lead Role In New Faith-Based Organizations Preparedness Effort

Mike Curry showed a slide of a solitary person walking through a deserted, debris-strewn neighborhood after a devastating tornado. The Jackson County Emergency Preparedness Director said, "We never want anyone out there to think they are all by thems...> MORE

Posted on: September 15, 2009

$18,000 Raised For Operation Breakthrough

Normally during a golf tournament, players tee up the ball and envision scoring birdies or eagles. During the County Executive Golf Tournament on September 11, however, the main objective wasn't recording the lowest scorer, but raising more money -- for t...> MORE

Posted on: September 4, 2009

Ceremony Celebrates Completion Of Vital Renovations

A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of crucial renovations to the Jackson County Truman Courthouse was held in a fitting spot on the courthouse grounds -- within just a few feet of the Harry S. Truman statue.

Jackson County Executive Mike...> MORE

Posted on: September 3, 2009

Crucial Truman Courthouse Renovations Completed On Time & On Budget

"Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better." -- Harry S Truman

Truman would be proud of the progress made to save the courthouse that bares his name. Vital renovations to prevent ...> MORE

Posted on: August 14, 2009

Court Rejects School Districts' Lawsuit

A Jackson County Circuit Court judge today denied the 11 school districts that have filed suit against Jackson County a temporary restraining order. The judge's ruling "appears to reject" the claims the districts' superintendents and other admin...> MORE

Posted on: August 14, 2009

Arrowhead Renovations Approaching The Red Zone

Fans heading out to the Kansas City Chiefs’ first preseason game against the Houston Texans on Saturday, August 15, will get a look at some of the extensive -- and exciting -- renovations well underway at Arrowhead Stadium.

The $400 million renovation ...> MORE

Posted on: July 31, 2009

Regional Correctional Center Opens

The new Jackson County Regional Correctional Center began receiving detainees from Kansas City today (July 31), marking the official opening of the new facility a day ahead of schedule.

"What this community has been talking about for almost two ...> MORE

Posted on: July 21, 2009

New Collection Director Stresses Fairness For Taxpayers

One word accurately sums up V. Edwin Stoll’s main objective in his new role as Jackson County’s Director of Collections: Fairness.

“It's important for taxpayers to know we are going to treat them fairly,” said Stoll, less than three hours into his firs...> MORE

Posted on: June 3, 2009

Chief Deputy County Counselor Serves The Country In Afgahnistan

Jay Haden intends to focus on getting the job done and then going home -- in about a year. The job is in Afghanistan.

Haden is a true citizen soldier -- both Jackson County's Chief Deputy County Counselor and an Army Reserve Colonel. Since his term as ...> MORE

Posted on: June 2, 2009

County Conducts COMBAT Community Meetings

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar, other law enforcement officials and the COMBAT staff in conducting a series of community meetings to examine crime trends within the County, with an emphasis on the important rol...> MORE

Posted on: May 22, 2009

Renovated Golf Course Opens Just In Time For Summer!

The timing was perfect. The Fred Arbanas Golf Course, now renovated for more challenging play and just as picturesque as ever, re-opened on a sunny spring day May 22 -- ideal conditions for playing a round or two.

During a special ribbon-cutting May 21...> MORE

Posted on: May 20, 2009

Medical Examiner's Office Described As A 'Model' For Others

Jackson County has a Medical Examiner’s Office that could serve as a “model” for others in the nation. The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) reached that conclusion after finding no deficiencies while inspecting the County Medical Examiner’...> MORE

Posted on: April 15, 2009

New Director Seeks To Raise Awareness About COMBAT

Raising public awareness about the agencies, programs and initiatives supported through the Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax is among Stacey Daniels-Young’s chief objectives as Jackson County’s new COMBAT Director.

“We need to give the citizens of ...> MORE

Posted on: April 6, 2009

Program's Gift Of A Home Changes A Mother & Her Daughters' Lives

A new future began Monday (April 6) for Barbara Nelson and her two daughters. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and County Legislator James Tindall, Sr. (2nd District) announced that the Nelsons would be receiving the first home rehabilitated as part ...> MORE

Posted on: March 24, 2009

'Wall-Breaking' Ceremony Celebrates Vital Renovations

Since bringing down a retaining wall around the Jackson County Truman Courthouse is an essential step in saving the national landmark in Independence, officials from both Jackson County and the City of Independence decided to forego a traditional ground-b...> MORE

Posted on: March 17, 2009

'K' On Schedule For Opening Day

Construction at Kauffman Stadium is winding down. Most of the renovations at the ball park are slated to be completed in time for the Kansas City Royals' 2009 home opener against the New York Yankees. When the boys of summer take the field for that April ...> MORE

Posted on: March 17, 2009

Phase II Of Truman Courthouse Renovation Now Underway

The crucial second phase of the Jackson County Truman Courthouse renovation project began Monday, March 16. Completing this phase, which includes removing retaining walls that have caused water to repeatedly be trapped around the building's foundation, is...> MORE

Posted on: February 17, 2009

County Executive Names Senior COMBAT Staff

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced today the hiring of three individuals to lead the County's COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax) program. During this afternoon's County Legislative meeting, Sanders introduced Stacey Daniels-Young a...> MORE

Posted on: January 30, 2009

Condition Of Truman Courthouse Represents A 'Public Emergency'

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced during a news conference today that the condition of the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse warrants officially declaring the landmark building a "public emergency." The public emergency dec...> MORE


2010

16 Stories
Posted on: December 22, 2010

Federal Government Shows Support For Regional Transit

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on Tuesday, December 21 that Jackson County, in coordination with Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and the Mid-America Regional Council has received $1.8 million in com...> MORE

Posted on: December 7, 2010

Presiding Judge Nixon Appointed County Counselor

As Presiding Judge of the 16th Circuit Court, W. Stephen Nixon has developed an excellent working relationship with Jackson County government, especially with regard to containing costs at the Courthouse. Although he will be retiring from the bench at yea...> MORE

Posted on: November 23, 2010

Coming Through For Operation Breakthrough

Some of the players in the County Executive Golf Tournament held September 10 might not have had the best follow-throughs on their swings, but they sure did come through for Operation Breakthrough. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders presented the $18,0...> MORE

Posted on: October 19, 2010

Forum Focuses On Encouraging Signs In Struggle To Curb Drug Abuse & Drug Crime

The money raised through the Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax (COMBAT) is making a difference. During an October 16 public forum entitled "The Full Scope of Hope," COMBAT staff and representatives from various programs and agencies funded th...> MORE

Posted on: August 30, 2010

Renovated Arrowhead Stadium Dedicated

In their very first game at Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated their cross-state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, 24-14. While Lenny Dawson was still taking snaps as the Chiefs quarterback, the real star that night -- August 12, 1972 -- wa...> MORE

Posted on: August 17, 2010

A Once Homeless Family Has A New Place To Call Home

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders had a surprise for Wayne and Jacqueline Scott and their 12-year-old daughter Symone: a key.

The key to their new home.

The Scotts knew they were being considered possible recipients for a formerly vacant house b...> MORE

Posted on: August 13, 2010

County Meets 'Highest Financial Standard'

Upon becoming Jackson County Executive in 2007, Mike Sanders made financial oversight and accountability top priorities. According to the 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) released during the County Legislative meeting Monday, August 9, Ja...> MORE

Posted on: August 3, 2010

Voters Approve Revised County Charter

Jackson County voters approved a newly revised County Charter when they went to the polls August 3, 2010.
The revised Charter takes effect August 23, 2010.

In March Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders appointed a task force to review the County C...> MORE

Posted on: August 5, 2010

Regional Correctional Center Meeting & Exceeding Expectations

This past Saturday (July 31) marked one year since the Regional Correctional Center (RCC) opened for business, and that business -- detaining Kansas City municipal inmates -- has been brisk. Through July 27, the RCC has held an average of 133.5 inmates pe...> MORE

Posted on: June 23, 2010

'The K' To Host 2012 All-Star Game

Jackson County voters made this possible: Major League Baseball's (MLB) All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in 2012.

In April of 2006 voters approved remodeling the Jackson County-owned Truman Sports Complex, home to both Kauffman and Arro...> MORE

Posted on: June 4, 2010

Mizzou Center Opens In Blue Springs

The Mizzou Center may be in Blue Springs, but the new facility will have an economic impact that goes well beyond that eastern Jackson County community's city limits.

"This represents an economic development triumph for Blue Springs, all of Jackso...> MORE

Posted on: June 4, 2010

Sixth-Floor Renovation To Make Detention Center Even More Efficient

Renovations to help better maximize space at the Jackson County Detention Center are nearing completion. The sixth floor of the Detention Center's eight-story tower is being remodeled to better accommodate inmates classified as needing "medical/menta...> MORE

Posted on: May 10, 2010

Task Force Presents Recommendations For Changing Charter

Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes, chair of the Jackson County Charter Task Force, presented the panel's list of recommendations for changing the Charter to the County Legislature during its May 10 session. County Executive Mike Sanders appointed the Ta...> MORE

Posted on: March 15, 2010

County Executive Appoints Charter Task Force

Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes intends to have "as public a process" as possible as she chairs a task force charged with reviewing the Jackson County Charter. County Executive Mike Sanders named Barnes chairperson during a news conference a...> MORE

Posted on: March 8, 2010

Second 'Constructing Futures' Home Receiving Makeover

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and County Legislator Bishop James D. Tindall (2nd District) announced the second project in the County's Constructing Futures program to a packed crowd of media and interested neighbors March 2 at the Vineyard Neighb...> MORE

Posted on: January 22, 2010

Jackson County Executive Calls For TIF Reform.

UPDATE: January 28, 2010 -- The City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, passed an ordinance creating a legal Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission of Kansas City, Missouri-Jackson County.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders released this statement:...> MORE


2011

17 Stories
Posted on: November 23, 2011

Tournament Raises $16,500 For Operation Breakthrough

During the weekly meeting of the County Legislature Monday, November 21, County Executive Mike Sanders presented a check to Operation Breakthrough co-founder Sister Berta Sailor for $16,500. The money was raised through the County Executive Charity Golf ...> MORE

Posted on: November 3, 2011

2011 State of the County Address

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders delivers his 2011 State of the County Address.

> MORE
Posted on: October 20, 2011

County Played Key Role In Award-Winning Exercise

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, an elaborate drill simulating the response to a devastating earthquake with an epicenter in the Missouri "boot hill," has earned a major award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Jackson County p...> MORE

Posted on: October 11, 2011

U.S. Secretary Of Transportation Meets With City, County & State Officials

If federal dollars become available because Congress passes either a jobs bill or a transportation bill, the Greater Kansas City area will be "well positioned" to receive assistance for a wide-array of projects. Those projects could employee tho...> MORE

Posted on: August 30, 2011

Forum Brings Together State & City Officials For Development Strategies

They came together to discuss economic development strategies that will benefit both Jackson County and the entire state of Missouri. Five Missouri State representatives and five eastern Jackson County mayors participated in the forum Friday, August 26 th...> MORE

Posted on: August 11, 2011

Checks Presented To Domestic Violence Shelters

As Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders observed, the numbers are "sobering." According to the FBI, approximately 1,500 women each year are killed in the United States by either their husbands or boyfriends. Domestic violence accounts for an es...> MORE

Posted on: June 20, 2011

COMBAT Joins With KC Housing Authority To Develop New Drug Prevention Center

About 60 children were expected to step through the doors of the new COMBAT Drug Prevention & Resource Center when it opened this morning inside the Clymer Community Center at 1301 Vine Street in Kansas City.
The Jackson County COMBAT program and th...> MORE

Posted on: June 3, 2011

Little Blue Trace Trail Extension Opens

Walkers, runners and bicyclists were all anxious to hit the trail June 3, 2011 as Jackson County and the City of Independence officially opened a three-and-a-half-mile extension of the Little Blue Trace Trail.

The eastern Jackson County trail now stre...> MORE

Posted on: May 27, 2011

Legislative District Maps Redrawn

The committee tasked with redrawing the Jackson County Legislative districts has completed its work. The Reapportionment Committee presented maps outlining the new district boundaries to the County Legislature during its regular weekly meeting Monday, May...> MORE

Posted on: May 13, 2011

New Madrid Quake Response Exercise

A modern repeat of the 1811 and 1812 New Madrid earthquakes is generally considered among the worst possible natural disasters that could occur in the United States. Next week (May 16-20), the Jackson County Emergency Preparedness & Homeland Security ...> MORE

Posted on: May 6, 2011

Peters Baker Appointed Jackson County Prosecutor

Jean Peters Baker is the new Jackson County Prosecutor. Declaring her to be the "absolute best person for this job," County Executive Mike Sanders announced Peters-Baker's appointment during a news conference held this afternoon at the courthous...> MORE

Posted on: April 27, 2011

'Day Of Remembrance' Raises Awareness Of Child Abuse

Wooden tombstones, painted either pink or blue, were aligned in the lobby of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City last Friday (April 22). Each marker represented a little boy or girl who had died in Jackson County during the last decade due to chi...> MORE

Posted on: April 8, 2011

County Executive Hosts Economic Development Tour

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and other County staff led local and state elected officials on a tour of key economic development sites within the county this morning. Major stops on the tour included sites that already are or will soon become foca...> MORE

Posted on: March 25, 2011

County Honors Senator Yvonne Wilson For More Than 50 Years Of Public Service

Jackson County Legislators joined County Executive Mike Sanders in honoring retired Missouri State Senator Yvonne Wilson for her more than half century of service to the community -- first as a teacher, then as a Kansas City School District administrator ...> MORE

Posted on: February 8, 2011

County Gives Truman 'Maquette' New Home In Courthouse

The ultimate goal remains the same: some day unveiling a larger-than-life statue of Harry S. Truman. To raise awareness of the ongoing effort to honor America's 33rd President with a statue to be erected at a place of prominence in the Kansas City area, J...> MORE

Posted on: February 1, 2011

Medical Examiner's Office Honored For Tissue Donations

When Dr. Mary H. Dudley became Jackson County's Chief Medical Examiner in January of 2007, implementing a tissue donor referral program was among her top priorities. She knew that the Medical Examiner's Office could play a vital role in the life-saving an...> MORE

Posted on: January 4, 2011

2011 Inaugural & 2010 State of the County

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders takes the oath of office as he and the County Legislators embark on new terms.

> MORE

2012

16 Stories
Posted on: December 28, 2012

Anti-Drug Billboards Seek To Raise Awareness

Cosmetic Dentistry by Crystal Meth… Auto Detailing by PCP… Social Networking by Ecstasy…

These “taglines” aren’t being used to sell, but to serve as a warning about the real-life consequences of drug abuse. They are being featured on new, dramatic COM...> MORE

Posted on: November 2, 2012

2012 State of the County Address

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders delivers his 2012 State of the County Address.

> MORE
Posted on: October 2, 2012

County Executive Golf Tournament Raises $17,000 For Operation Breakthrough

Following through is essential in golf. During the County Legislative meeting Monday, October 1, County Executive Mike Sanders followed through when he presented a check to Operation Breakthrough co-founder Sister Berta Sailer for the $17,000 raised via t...> MORE

Posted on: September 10, 2012

County Plays Leader Role In Mass Fatality Training

The week of August 27 marked the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Memories of that tragedy served as the background for training conducted August 27-31 as part of an ongoing effort to assure local officials are as well prepared as possible to res...> MORE

Posted on: August 20, 2012

A Cry For Help Answered

A desperate cry for help did not go unanswered.
When the boat he and his friend Gladin Harrison were fishing in capsized May 15 on Lake Jacomo, James Bowden clung to the flipped-over boat and yelled for help. He was approximately 30 yards from the shore...> MORE

Posted on: August 9, 2012

Charter Task Force Presents Report To Legislature

The Charter Review Task Force that Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders appointed to focus on three issues -- term limits, campaign finance and candidate filing procedures -- submitted its final report to County Legislators during their regular weekly me...> MORE

Posted on: June 6, 2012

Chief Investigator Earns Regional Leadership Award

Mike Henderson calls it training for work he hopes he'll never have to do.

Since joining the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office in 2007 as Chief of Forensic Operations and Investigations, Mike has taken a leadership role in the establishment of a...> MORE

Posted on: May 17, 2012

County Playing Lead Role In Missouri Becoming A Model For Emergency Preparedness

Jackson County continues to play a leading role in Missouri becoming a model for other states seeking to improve their emergency preparedness efforts.

"We have the finest disaster preparedness framework in the country," Missouri Governor Jay ...> MORE

Posted on: May 4, 2012

Program Allows Mother & Daughter To Return Home After Several Struggles

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders compared all the hardships Kristie Smith and her two daughters have endured to being struck by lightning -- not once or twice, but three times.

First, in 2008 lymphoma claimed the life of Kristie's husband and the ...> MORE

Posted on: April 30, 2012

Preventing Child Abuse Requires 'Us All Getting Involved'

Jeremiah... Victoria... Marcus... Tonique... Aaron... Breanna... Precious Doe... Unknown...

Dozens of pink and blue tombstones lined the steps outside the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City on Wednesday, April 25. Each bore the name of a...> MORE

Posted on: April 25, 2012

County Drug Task Force Honored As Law Enforcement Unit Of The Year

The very nature of the Jackson County Drug Task Force's work, which often entails risky undercover operations, means the unit's achievements might frequently be underappreciated. The need to protect the detectives' identities makes publicly acknowledging ...> MORE

Posted on: April 20, 2012

All-Star Game Represents Local Community's Chance To Shine

The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game ballot was unveiled during a special on-field ceremony at Kauffman Stadium, where the "Mid-Summer Classic" will be played July 10. While fans can just now begin casting votes for their favorite player...> MORE

Posted on: March 21, 2012

County & City Collaborate On New Development Tool

A new online tool gives Jackson County and the Kansas City region a "leg up" in promoting economic development, stressed County Executive Mike Sanders during a news conference held March 16 at the Local Investment Commission offices in Kansas Ci...> MORE

Posted on: February 17, 2012

County Employees Trained To Identify Severe Weather

Do those clouds on the horizon signal an approaching rain shower -- soggy but harmless -- or a potentially dangerous thunderstorm? That question was at the center of recent training given to 95 Jackson County employees to help them better identify severe ...> MORE

Posted on: February 15, 2012

Transit-Oriented Development

The effort to develop a more extensive mass transit system that would better serve Jackson County and the Greater Kansas City region continues to gain momentum. Last week, Jackson County participated in a series of transit-oriented development (TOD) works...> MORE

Posted on: January 10, 2012

Jackson County At Your Fingertips

"We are putting all this data right at people's fingertips."

That is how Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders described the new mapping feature on the county's Economic Development website. The program provides easy access -- available 24/7 ...> MORE


2013

12 Stories
Posted on: December 19, 2013

2 Families Receive Constructing Futures Houses

Latoya Caldwell could scarcely speak. She sobbed, shedding tears of joy.

"Oh, my God," she cried. "This has been a long time coming."

"Home for the holidays" took on even greater meaning during a special presentation Th...> MORE

Posted on: November 15, 2013

2013 State of the County Address

"Today, we renew our promise to leave a strong Jackson County for the next generation."

> MORE
Posted on: October 22, 2013

Golf Tournament Raises $18,300 For Operation Breakthrough

Four little kids, scarcely tall enough to see over the marble tabletops in the Legislative Chamber of the Jackson County Courthouse, walked away from County Executive Mike Sanders carrying a big check. Sander presented them and Operation Breakthrough co-f...> MORE

Posted on: September 7, 2013

Truman Courthouse Rededication

Historical accuracy guided every decision made during the multi-phased restoration of the Truman Courthouse on Independence Square—right down to the date and hour chosen for the rededication ceremony: 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

> MORE
Posted on: July 4, 2013

Iconic Clock Being Refurbished

ou might call it the perfect way to literally top off the renovations to the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse.
Although remodeling the interior -- to make the national landmark on Independence Square once again a "working courthouse" ...> MORE

Posted on: May 22, 2013

County Earns 2 APWA Awards

During its annual luncheon today at Union Station, the Kansas City Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association presented two "Project of the Year" awards to the Jackson County Public Works Department.

The new Regional Animal Shelte...> MORE

Posted on: April 30, 2013

New Regional Animal Shelter Opens

Great Plains SPCA Executive Director Courtney Thomas estimates between 200 and 250 people attended the grand opening of the new Regional Animal Shelter in Independence on Saturday, April 13.

People were literally lined up to get inside the brand new fa...> MORE

Posted on: April 16, 2013

'You Could Save A Life'

Pick up a phone. Dial the hotline number. Report suspected child abuse. And you can do it anonymously.

"It's that simple," said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. "If you suspect a child is being abused and you act by calling t...> MORE

Posted on: March 22, 2013

New Emergency Operations Center Opens

In the wake of a disaster, the new Independence/Eastern Jackson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will, Independence Mayor Don Reimal declared, "save many lives." Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined the mayor, United States Congr...> MORE

Posted on: March 1, 2013

County Crews Clear The Way

Heavy snowfall shut down much of the Greater Kansas City region February 21 and 22. Before that snow could melt much, a second front dumped an additional foot in some parts of Jackson County on Tuesday, February 26.
The storms prompted Jackson County Exe...> MORE

Posted on: February 28, 2013

Step Up. Speak Up.

To solve most crimes law enforcement officials need someone to talk. If witnesses remain silent -- if they don't share what they know or suspect -- the perpetrator will probably remain at large, able to victimize others.

"It's really simple: Peop...> MORE

Posted on: January 14, 2013

New Award Will Honor James Nunnelly

During his decades of public service, Jim Nunnelly has humbly accepted many awards. Soon, someone else will be receiving an award that bears the former COMBAT administrator's name.

Last week, the Jackson County Legislature unanimously approved a resolu...> MORE


2014

26 Stories
Posted on: December 15, 2014

'Home For The Holidays' Takes On A Whole New Meaning

Constructing Futures

"I want to live up here! It's gonna be fun!"

Four-year-old Ranyah couldn't control her joy, smiling broadly as she swung on the swing set in the yard of her new home in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood of Kansas City -- her family's first permanent h...> MORE

Posted on: December 11, 2014

Jackson County Program Teaches Ex-Offenders Job Skills

Connections To Success

With his knee pads and stocking cap, Ter-Rance Yancey looks the part of the construction worker he is becoming. On the first Monday in December, Yancey was helping put the finishing touches on a home in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood that Jackson County’s Const...> MORE

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Eastern Jackson County Courthouse Being Renovated

Groundbreaking

With an eye toward current and future needs, Jackson County has broken ground on the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse renovation project.

The $6.8 million project will add five new courtrooms and a new elevator and will rehabilitate an existing elevat...> MORE

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Jackson County Moves One Step Closer To Regional Transit Vision

County Executive Mike Sanders

Jackson County has received $10 million in federal funds to apply toward the $59.9 million total cost of purchasing the former Rock Island railroad line through the county. In addition, Jackson County and the line's current owner, Union Pacific Railroad, ...> MORE

Posted on: October 30, 2014

Rally Celebrates Royals' Amazing Blue October

Royals Fans

Less than 24 hours after the Kansas City Royals lost Game 7 of the World Series to the San Francisco Giants, nearly 10,000 fans turned out for a rally at Kauffman Stadium to bid a fond farewell to the 2014 American League champions.

A chant of "T...> MORE

Posted on: October 21, 2014

Frank White Reflects On Meaning Of 2014 World Series

Frank White

Someone who grew up in Kansas City, helped build Kauffman Stadium and played in the last World Series game there probably has a better perspective on what the 2014 Series means to this town than anyone else.

“You’ve seen it; you’ve heard it; you’ve fel...> MORE

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Taxpayers To Save $32 Million On Stadium Renovation Interest

The Truman Sports Complex

Jackson County's outstanding credit rating is paying off, adding up to big savings for the county's taxpayers.

Taking advantage of lower interest rates, Jackson County is refinancing up to $360 million in bonds issued in 2006 to renovate the stadiums a...> MORE

Additional Info...
Posted on: October 9, 2014

2014 COMBAT Awards

COMBAT Award Winners

COMBAT is making an impact.

The programs funded through the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax first approved in 1989 have helped reduce drug abuse and drug-related crime in Jackson County. When voters renewed the tax in 2009 — with 71 percent support — CO...> MORE

Posted on: October 6, 2014

Breast Cancer Solidarity Walks

Cathy Jolly

Measured in minutes, Jackson County's Breast Cancer Solidarity Walk -- a symbolic Monday afternoon stroll around the courthouse grounds in downtown Kansas City -- was short, lasting only about six minutes. But measured in terms of how often a woman in the...> MORE

Posted on: September 26, 2014

Going Red For Fred

Fred Arbanas and Mike Sanders

Jackson County honors "the last of the original County Legislator" and former-Kansas City Chief great, Fred Arbanas. He will be stepping down at the end of year after serving on the County Legislature since it was formed in 1973.

> MORE
Posted on: September 25, 2014

Last Of The Original County Legislators

Fred Arbanas

Reflecting on all the changes he's seen since becoming a County Legislator, Fred Arbanas looks out a clubhouse window at the Fred Arbanas Golf Course: "That was just an empty field out there." Parks expansion is but one change he helped make possible.

> MORE
Posted on: September 25, 2014

St. Louis' Loss, KC's Big Win!

Chiefs Huddle

A love of movie westerns prompted Fred Arbanas to choose the Kansas City Chiefs over the St. Louis Cardinals after both teams drafted him. The rest is history as he went on to play in some of football's most historical games, including Super Bowl I.

> MORE
Posted on: September 15, 2014

Fort Osage Exhibit Focuses On 19th Century Native Americans

Sacred Sun

The adage "a picture is worth a thousands words" can be traced back to the early 20th Century, when use of photographs became a standard newspaper practice. More than 2,000 years ago, the ancient Roman Horace said, "A picture is a poem with...> MORE

Posted on: August 11, 2014

County Extends The Royal Treatment To Royals Super Fan SungWoo Lee

SungWoo Lee and Frank White

Jackson County has extended the royal treatment being bestowed upon Kansas City Royals super fan SungWoo Lee. At Monday's County Legislative meeting in Independence, Legislative Chairman Scott Burnett presented Lee a proclamation honoring the South Korean...> MORE

Posted on: August 4, 2014

Honoring Special Olympians

Special Olympians

Bea Webb sums up what she likes most about being a Special Olympics coach in a single word: "Smiles."

Those smiles that have inspired Webb lit up the Jackson County Legislative Chamber on Monday, August 4, when County Executive Mike Sanders p...> MORE

Posted on: July 28, 2014

Jackson County Honors 13-Year-Old For Becoming An Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout Ryan Niederschulte

When Ryan Niederschulte was asked to step forward during the County Legislature's July 28 meeting, his appearance sparked murmurs befitting the entry of a surprise witness in a classic Perry Mason episode. Perhaps, it is only fitting that the setting was ...> MORE

Posted on: July 4, 2014

Big Bang Celebration Attracts Big Crowd

Big Bang Celebration

ackson County's "Big Bang" Fourth of July Celebration proved to be a big hit. Approximately 20,000 people attended the event at Longview Lake.

"This is the third year Jackson County has hosted a Fourth of July event, and each year we've ...> MORE

Posted on: June 14, 2014

Salute To Veterans

Mike_LtHawks_EmmaJean_Bob.jpg

Jackson County salutes all veterans with a high-flying tribute that includes flights aboard a vintage World War II bomber. General Eisenhower granddaughter reflects on the 70th anniversary of D-Day invasion "Ike" lead.

> MORE
Posted on: June 6, 2014

County Supports 'Stand Down' Effort To Give Homeless Veterans A 'Hand Up'

Mike Sanders

While dropping off the contributions county employees had made to support the cause -- assisting homeless veterans -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders struck up a conversation with a vet at the latest Heart of America Stand Down donation drive held F...> MORE

Posted on: May 28, 2014

Stone Arch Bridge Rededicated

Stone Arch Bridge

Declaring the iconic structure "good to go for another 50 years," Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined with Independence Mayor Eileen Weir to rededicate the Stone Arch Bridge during a special ceremony Wednesday, May 28.

The bridge on...> MORE

Posted on: May 10, 2014

Time Capsule Sealed Until 2093

Time Capsule Closing Ceremony

Think about how much the world changed from 1913 to 1993. In 1913, it was not uncommon for the family car to still be a horse and buggy, the radio was only a work in-progress, and Harry Truman had not yet turned 30.

Now imagine how much will change bet...> MROE

Posted on: April 14, 2014

County Drug Task Force Named Law Enforcement Unit Of The Year

Dan Cumming and Mike Sanders

When new investigators join the Jackson County Drug Task Force, Officer in Charge Dan Cummings tells them, "I'm going to afford you the opportunity of a lifetime, and it's what you make of it. You're going to work harder than ever before in your care...> MORE

Posted on: April 7, 2014

County Moves Forward With Eastern Jackson County Renovations

Eastern Jackson County Courthouse Renovations Update

For the second time in two years, Jackson County is taking on the task of completing a major renovation to one of its courthouses.

At the regular weekly meeting of the Jackson County Legislature on Monday, April 7, County Executive Mike Sanders and Pre...> MORE

Posted on: February 24, 2014

A Big Step Forward In Regional Transit & Trail Development

Jackson County and the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) have reached an agreement crucial to the potential development of a commuter rail system and expansion of trails in the county.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and UP Chief Executive Offi...> MORE

Posted on: January 13, 2014

Eastern Jackson County Courthouse Renovations Begin

Eastern Jackson County Courthouse Renovations

Just a few short months after completing renovations and re-opening the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, Jackson County has begun much needed renovations and repairs to the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse (formerly known as the Courthouse Ann...> MORE

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Focus On Anti-Violence

For 25 years, the Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax, better known as COMBAT, has focused on fighting drug abuse and crime throughout the community.

Through a quarter-cent county-wide sales tax, COMBAT funds various drug treatment and preven...> MORE


2015

29 Stories
Posted on: December 17, 2015

'Gavel In' Ceremony

Gavel In Ceremony

Construction crews might have used mallets during the renovations to the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Independence. County officials and judges from the 16th Circuit Court used a similar tool to commemorate the courthouse's reopening Thursday -- g...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: December 15, 2015

Welcome Home

Shocked Response

Like any other 5-years-olds would, Artis Rollins' daughters marveled at all the presents beneath their Christmas tree, then immediately began to anticipate unwrapping each package. The identical twins’ father, meanwhile, was still overjoyed about the gift...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: December 14, 2015

Working The Future

Working On The Future

Doug Nicholson has a smile worthy of jolly old St. Nicholas. Cheeks dimpled. Eyes twinkling. Gold teeth sparkling.

And the 53-year-old Kansas City man can hardly contain his merriment as the day Jackson County will be presenting the keys to its sevent...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: December 14, 2015

Lighting Ceremony Gets Holidays Off To A Bright Start

Courthouse_Snowflakes.jpg

Fire and snow. Normally the two don't go together. But they certainly did — in spectacular fashion — during the ceremonial lighting of the Historic Truman Courthouse and Independence Square.
On one of the chillier evenings of what has been a mild autumn...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: November 3, 2015

A Royal Celebration

A-Royal-Celebration.jpg

Approximately 500,000 fans line parade route and attend victory rally for the World Series champion Kansas City Royals. Blue and white confetti rains down over the city as we "party like it's 2015" as team wins first title since 1985.

> The Whole Story
Posted on: October 7, 2015

Revive 85 Royals Pep Rally

Eager Autograph Seekers

Jackson County's "Revive '85" Pep Rally features seven former Royals and attracts more than 1,200 fans to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1985 championship -- and to get fans fired as the 2015 Royals begin the quest to get back to the World Series.

> The Whole Story
Posted on: October 5, 2015

Breast Cancer Solidarity Walk

Breast Cancer Solidarity Walk

Jackson County Legislator Crystal Williams credits annual screenings with detecting her breast cancer in Stage 1, and she urges others to be tested as the county, in partnership with Kansas City, holds a Breast Cancer Solidarity Walk.

> MORE
Posted on: September 30, 2015

Agreement Reach On Rock Island Corridor Funding

Rock Island Corridor Announcement

Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority have announced a cooperative agreement today that will provide the financing necessary for the future acquisition of the 17.7 miles of the Rock Island Corridor from Union Pacific Railroad.

> MORE
Posted on: September 29, 2015

County Reaches Out To Area Students At Career Expo

CORE4 Career Expo

The first Core4 Career Expo was a big success. Jackson County was among four local governments to participate in introducing nearly 2,400 area students to career opportunities in public service, ranging from fire fighting to water service.

> MORE
Posted on: October 1, 2015

American Royal Barbecue Weekend

American Royal Barbecue

In honor of the 36th annual and largest American Royal Barbecue contest, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has officially proclaimed Oct.1-4 as American Royal Barbecue Weekend.

In its first year at Arrowhead Stadium, the World Series of Barbecue wi...> MORE

Posted on: August 5, 2015

Parks + Rec Therapist Serves As Mentor To Special Olympians & Coaches

Bea Webb

Jackson County Parks + Rec Recreation Therapist Bea Webb was technically on summer vacation, but she spent the last week of July working as a volunteer at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

It was an extension of the work she has don...> MORE

Posted on: July 29, 2015

Clear Title Presented To First Recipient Of Constructing Futures House

Barbara Nelson

Barbara Nelson considers herself blessed.

Six years ago, Jackson County ended her and her two daughters’ struggle with homelessness, when County Executive Mike Sanders presented them the keys to the first vacant house remodeled through the county’s Con...> MORE

Posted on: July 29, 2015

Rescued Owl Returned To Jackson County Park

Injured Owl Released

As the setting sun cast a golden glow over a field near the Longview Lake marina, Lakeside Nature Center Director Kimberly Hess released a great horned owl from her gloved hands, and it flew westward to perch in a tree line.

“It is amazing,” said Hess,...> MORE

Posted on: July 20, 2015

County Honors Members Of USA Women's Soccer Team

Cup Hero

Fittingly an enormous American flag was unfurled prior to the National Women's Soccer League match pitting the FC Kansas City Blues against the Houston Dash on Monday evening. The Stars & Stripes, fluttering in the breeze, served as the perfect patrio...> MORE

Posted on: June 17, 2015

New Medical Examiner's Office Opens

Ribbon Cutting

Officials from across the metro area came together Wednesday, June 17, to mark the opening of the new, state-of-the art Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO), 950 E. 21st St. in Kansas City.

“This is another example of regional cooperation mak...> MORE

Posted on: May 18, 2015

Comic Book Heroes Fight Crime In COMBAT-Funded Class

COMBAT Comic Book

In a classroom at MyARTS East in Independence, superheroes of the future are taking shape. A group of teens are drawing and thinking of story lines for characters like Flamo, Star, Money Breaker and Ultra Guy. But what would a superhero be without a super...> MORE

Posted on: May 7, 2015

Jackson County & Kansas City Complete Regionalization of Jail Services

Jail Services Consolidated

Jackson County and Kansas City have now fully consolidated jail services. Last week the county opened a new holding facility on the ground floor of the Jackson County Detention Center to house Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) arrestees awaiting arraig...> MORE

Posted on: May 5, 2015

American Royal World Series Of Barbecue Championship Moving To Truman Sports Complex

American Royal

Saying it will make for a bigger, better and more accessible event, leaders of the American Royal have announced the World Series of Barbecue® Championship will move from the West Bottoms to Arrowhead Stadium starting this October.

“Voter-approved reno...> MORE

Posted on: April 23, 2015

COMBAT Canvasses Neighborhood Urging Residents To Report Crime

COMBAT Canvassing

DeQuai Wilson of Independence had good reason to don a red Jackson County COMBAT T-shirt and take part in its anti-crime canvassing effort in the Ruskin area of south Kansas City on Thursday.

"I lived in this area, and my son, Cortez Wilson, who w...> MORE

Posted on: April 20, 2015

Ending The Cycle Of Child Abuse

Day of Rememberance

When it comes to statistics on child abuse, “Missouri and Jackson County are going in the wrong direction,” Cathy Jolly, an aide to Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, said Monday afternoon at a “Day of Remembrance” ceremony held at the County Courthou...> MORE

Posted on: April 17, 2015

Parks + Rec Honors Volunteers

Park Volunteers

Jackson County Parks + Rec has nearly 600 registered volunteers, and in 2014 the more than 43,000 volunteers hours they donated saved the county nearly half a million dollars.

The county expressed its gratitude to all those volunteers during its annual...> MORE

Posted on: March 26, 2015

Drug Task Force Named Missouri Law Enforcement Unit Of The Year

Drug Task Force

The Jackson County Drug Task Force is clearly—and officially—setting the standard for excellence in law enforcement. For the fourth straight year, the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association (MNOA) has honored the Task Force as its Law Enforcement Unit of...> MORE

Posted on: March 9, 2015

High Tech Signs Will Help Emergency Responders Locate People On Trails

Placing Trail Sign

As the temperatures rise, more and more people head to parks to enjoy the beautiful scenery and get some exercise. Now, bikers and hikers who experience an emergency can quickly summon help to their exact location thanks to Jackson County Parks + Rec’s ne...> MORE

Posted on: March 2, 2015

County Officially 'Storm Ready' For Severe Weather

Storm Ready

Severe weather can strike anywhere anytime. So much time has passed since a tornado last struck Jackson County, however, that the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Kansas City/Pleasant Hill office, Andy Bailey, is conce...> MORE

Posted on: February 24, 2015

ME's Office Earns Accreditation With Zero Deficiencies

Medical Examiner accreditation

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office does "one of the best jobs in the country of providing ME services," according to Dr. Roger Mitchell, the chief medical examiner in Washington, D.C. He conducts accreditation inspections of ME offices...> MORE

Posted on: February 16, 2015

ME's Office Presenting Two Cases At National Conference

Medical Examiner Presentations

Most people would never consider a clogged sink harmful. But at this week’s American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Jackson County Medical Examiner Dr. Mary Dudley and Deputy ME Dr. Marius Tarau will be presenting a c...> MORE

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Event Tops $1 Million Raised For Local Charities

Million dollar milestone

Did you pack up your Christmas lights shortly after New Year’s? So did Jackson County. It took nearly a month for the county to complete that task—no small job given the 300,000-plus colored lights and 175 animated displays featured in Christmas In The Pa...> MORE

Posted on: January 30, 2015

Longview Lake Hosts 11th Annual Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

The beach at Longview Lake is typically thought of as a great spot to cool off on a hot summer day. But it’s also a great spot to cool off in the dead of winter.

And so for the 11th year, the beach played host to the annual Polar Plunge benefiting the ...> MORE

Posted on: January 8, 2015

2014 State of the County Address

County Executive Mike Sanders

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders delivered his 2015 Inaugural Address after he and the County Legislators are sworn in during a special ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum: "We have, in true Missouri Show-Me fashion, ...Read more »

> MORE

2016

31 Stories
Posted on: October 17, 2016

Pink Ribbon Road Show 'Driving Breast Cancer To The Curb'

Pink Ribbon Road Show

Jackson County, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), City of Kansas City and the American Cancer Society kicked off the Pink Ribbon Road Show with a solidarity walk at Ilus W. Davis Park in Kansas City on Oct. 17, with more than 75 participa...Read more »

> The Whole Story
Posted on: October 12, 2016

Frank White, Jr. Golf Tournament Raises $17,000 For Local Charities

Children's Center for the Visually Impaired

Two local children’s charities were the beneficiaries of a beautiful day on the golf course.

Twenty-four teams joined County Executive Frank White in the inaugural Frank White, Jr., Invitational Golf Tournament September 30 at Fred Arbanas Golf Course....Read more »

> The Whole Story
Posted on: October 7, 2016

Lee's Summit Road Project Update

Lee's Summit Road Project

Finishing ahead of schedule and within budget, Jackson County’s portion of the Lee’s Summit Road Improvement Project is nearing the final stage of completion.

The project is a 6-mile, collaborative effort to improve Lee’s Summit Road from Colbern Road ...Read more »

> The Whole Story
Posted on: October 2, 2016

The Skeleton In The Closet Identified

Reviewing The Case File

There wasn’t another living soul to chat with — to help whittle away the hours on a quiet night working the 7-to-7 graveyard shift at the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office. “Being bored,” ME Investigator Adam Wilcoxen decided to check the Morgue St...Read more »

> The Whole Story
Posted on: September 15, 2016

Dr. Peterson Completes First Year As Chief ME

Dr. Diane Peterson

She wanted to be a doctor. As a little girl, growing up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Diane Peterson displayed an early fascination with anatomy and was soon imagining herself becoming a physician.

Then she got older. And she just couldn’t see herself ...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: September 12, 2016

Program Introduces City Kids To The County's Parks

Day at the Beach

Frank White, Jr. plans on arranging at least one more trip this year — just in time for the holidays — that will bring kids from the city to the parks in eastern Jackson County. "These kids are just going to be a little older," the County Execut...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: September 9, 2016

Red Friday

RedFriday

T'is the season to wear red, gold and white!

The Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City is decked out in the Chiefs' colors as the county — home of the Chiefs Kingdom — eagerly anticipates the kickoff to the 2016 NFL season.> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: August 24, 2016

County Participates In New Madrid Quake Exercise

New Madrid Quake

About every 200 years, dating back to 980 A.D., it happens — a powerful earthquake strikes along the New Madrid fault. The last major quakes in that region, the bootheel of southeast Missouri, happened in 1811 and 1812. A decade before Missouri became a s...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: August 18, 2016

'Outstanding Kansas Citian'

Frank White thanks the City Council

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. called receiving the Outstanding Kansas Citian Award from The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City "humbling." The Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the City Council honored White this afternoo...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: August 15, 2016

Dutch Newman Honored

Honoring Dutch Newman

She was born Hila Bucher Aug. 18, 1920. She died “Dutch” Newman July 27, 2016. In the intervening 95 years and 343 days that were her remarkable life, Newman didn’t just see history get made — she helped make it.

With the same adventurous spirit of the...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: August 11, 2016

Naturalization Ceremony At Historic Courthouse

Naturalization Ceremony

Nineteen immigrants — from 19 different countries — gathered together at the Truman Courthouse in Independence Thursday afternoon. They sat before the judge's bench inside the famous Brady Courtroom, a fittingly historic setting for what would be for thes...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: August 8, 2016

Corrections Academy Graduates 4th Class Of 2016

Academy Class

Trace Abraham winces. He vividly describes the military training he has endured as an Army National Guardsman in terms of how loud — and profane — the trainers could be.

“In the military you’re always getting yelled at… screamed at… cursed at… all the ...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: August 5, 2016

Amos Otis Day In Jackson County

Amos Otis Day

What stadium PA announcer did not enjoy introducing Amos Otis? A name that rhythmic, almost lyrical, demands to be embellished — pronounced with extra relish, perhaps an exaggerated hissss, especially when adding the famous “Famous” moniker.

“Now batting f...

> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: July 28, 2016

The Skeleton In The Closet

Who was he

“I’ll tell you all about my skeleton in the closet.”

Now that she has your full attention, Diane Peterson will pause for effect. What well-guarded secret is she about to divulge?

Actually, Dr. Peterson isn’t speaking metaphorically. She is being qu...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: July 21, 2016

Royals White House Celebration

Royals In The White House

It’s an American sports tradition: Win the championship… Meet the President…

The Kansas City Royals have now done it twice, and Frank White, Jr. has been there for both of the Royals’ official presidential visits. Today, the Jackson County Executive jo...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: July 19, 2016

Jackson County & KCATA Introduce More City Kids To The County’s Parks

Children from the Guadalupe Center with County Executive Frank White, Jr.

The air is thick. The sun does more than merely shine down from high above. It bears down relentlessly — hot and heavy.

“On a day like this,” observes Gina Genetta, “our kids would normally be stuck inside.” Her words are punctuated by children laughin...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: July 4, 2016

Jackson County's 4th of July Celebration

July_4_Brief.jpg

View a photo album from Jackson County's fantastic 4th of July Celebration. > Gallery

Posted on: June 27, 2016

Historic Promotion In Jackson County Corrections

Nilda Serrano

Nilda Serrano smiled proudly as she received the double gold bars insignia for her uniform. Then Rex Tarwater, Deputy Director for Jackson County Corrections, promptly told her she’d soon have to give the captain bars back.

“So we can pin them on you ...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: June 21, 2016

County & KCATA Provides Kids From Kansas City A Day At The Beach

A Day At The Beach

Kids laugh. They play in the sand. They splash in the water.

Sounds like just another typical summer’s day at Longview Lake Beach, right? Except many of these children have never before experienced the simple fun available to them through Jackson Count...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: June 13, 2016

Ivanhoe Gateway At 39th Phases I & II Completed

Ivanhoe Ribbon Cutting

Calling it a "great addition to our community," Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. joined other local officials and dignitaries in cutting the ribbon commemorating completion of Phases I & II of the Ivanhoe Gateway at 39th project.

The Ivanhoe N...> MORE

Posted on: May 2, 2016

Historic Oregon Trail Marker Unveiled On Independence Square

Frank White and Dr. David Fairbanks

When his wagon train formed outside the Jackson County Courthouse, James A. Pritchard anxiously anticipated the great adventure that lay before him as he prepared to head out onto the Oregon Trail. Like thousands of other settlers before him, he was "...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: May 2, 2016

Rock Island Corridor Acquired

Frank White signs agreement acquiring the Rock Island Corridor

This is just the beginning.

Jackson County's acquisition of the Rock Island Corridor was a transaction seven years in the making. But after he and Union Pacific (UP) officials signed a contract during a special ceremony today transferring ownership of...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: April 30, 2016

Special Olympics Honors Parks + Rec

Special Olympics Honors Parks + Rec

Jackson County’s commitment to the Special Olympics dates back decades. The county’s Parks + Rec Department hosts the annual Polar Plunge Special Olympics fundraiser at Longview Lake each winter, and its recreational therapists have coached hundreds, if n...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: April 4, 2016

Legislature Approves Bonds For Rock Island Corridor

Potential stop at the Truman Sports Complex

Trains last rode the rails through the Rock Island Corridor in 1981. The 17.7-mile line that runs through eastern Jackson County has been dormant ever since.

But that is about to change.

During their meeting Monday, Jackson County Legislators approv...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: March 30, 2016

Missouri House Honors Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr.

State Honors Frank White, Jr.

“Whereas, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives proudly pause to recognize an outstanding Missouri citizen who has long distinguished himself as a leader of his community…”

So begins Missouri House Resolution No. 1736. State representati...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: March 29, 2016

KC Star Profiles Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Diane Peterson

BY ROBERT A. CRONKLETON
bcronkleton@kcstar.com

As a young girl growing up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Diane Peterson always was around when her father cleaned game he had killed.

“What does this do?” her father, a wildlife biologist and avid hunt...> MORE

> Read The Entire Kansas Star Article
Posted on: March 9, 2016

Governor Announces Funding For Warning Sirens In Independence & Blue Springs

Storm Siren

JEFFERSON CITY – With spring severe weather season approaching and possible flooding in the immediate forecast across much of Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon today called on Missourians to renew their efforts to prepare for potential deadly flooding, tornadoes a...> MORE

Posted on: February 19, 2016

2016 State of the County

State of the County Address

Frank White, Jr. emphasizes the need to be "laser focused on the people" in his 2016 State of the County Address. He said, "I want to improve the quality of life for people in Jackson County—in every part of the county—and to make sure that...> MORE

> The Whole Speech
Posted on: February 8, 2016

Now That's Cool

Frank White under the Royals billboard.

The Kansas City Royals' new billboard has certainly made a big splash! Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. couldn't resist the chance to take a virtual victory "shower" beneath it.

Posted on Southwest Traffic Boulevard in Westport, the b...> MORE

Posted on: January 11, 2016

Frank White Jr. Appointed County Executive

Frank White Sworn In

Frank White Jr. has a new position. During its Jan. 11 meeting, the Jackson County Legislature selected him to serve as County Executive through the remainder of 2016.

Upon resigning as Executive on Jan. 5, Mike Sanders named former County Legislator F...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: January 4, 2016

Crystal Williams Elected Legislative Chairwoman

Theresa Galvin and Crystal Williams

Several women have served on the Jackson County Legislature since it was first formed in 1973, but none has every been chosen by her peers to serve as the Legislative Chair -- until now. During their first meeting of the new year, the county's Legislators...> MORE

> The Whole Story

Home

5 Stories
Posted on: January 11, 2016

County Executive

County Executive Frank White

Frank White, Jr. was appointed Jackson County Executive on Jan. 11, 2016, by a vote of the County Legislature. He had been elected the 1st District At-Large County Legislator in 2014.
> MORE

Posted on: December 3, 2015

County Legislature

Jackson County Legislature

The County Legislature is responsible for all legislative duties in the County, including the introduction and enaction of all County resolutions. They are also responsible for the introduction and enaction of all County ordinances subject to the approval...Read more »

> County Legislature Website
Posted on: January 11, 2016

2017 Recommended Budget

Recommended Budget

Jackson County 2017 recommended budget can now be downloaded.
> MORE

Posted on: December 3, 2015

Corrections Department

Corrections Department

"Jail: A place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody, specifically a place under the jurisdiction of a local government (such as a county) for the confinement of persons awaiting trial or those convicted of minor crimes."

The Merr...Read more »

> MORE
Posted on: December 3, 2015

Municipal Court

Scales of Justice

In 2008 Jackson County formed a County Municipal Court to adjudicate general County Ordinance violations. The court held its 1st session in July of 2008.

Rather than the 16th Circuit Court, the County Municipal Court considers all tickets for general C...Read more »

> Complete Details & Dockets

Posted on: October 2, 2016

The Skeleton In The Closet Identified

Reviewing The Case File

There wasn’t another living soul to chat with — to help whittle away the hours on a quiet night working the 7-to-7 graveyard shift at the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office. “Being bored,” ME Investigator Adam Wilcoxen decided to check the Morgue St...Read more »

> The Whole Story
Posted on: September 15, 2016

Dr. Peterson Completes First Year As Chief ME

Dr. Diane Peterson

She wanted to be a doctor. As a little girl, growing up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Diane Peterson displayed an early fascination with anatomy and was soon imagining herself becoming a physician.

Then she got older. And she just couldn’t see herself ...> MORE

> The Whole Story
Posted on: July 28, 2016

The Skeleton In The Closet

Who was he

“I’ll tell you all about my skeleton in the closet.”

Now that she has your full attention, Diane Peterson will pause for effect. What well-guarded secret is she about to divulge?

Actually, Dr. Peterson isn’t speaking metaphorically. She is being qu...Read more »

> The Whole Story
Posted on: February 16, 2015

ME's Office Presenting Two Cases At National Conference

Medical Examiner Presentations

Most people would never consider a clogged sink harmful. But at this week’s American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Jackson County Medical Examiner Dr. Mary Dudley and Deputy ME Dr. Marius Tarau will be presenting a c...> MORE

Posted on: February 24, 2015

ME's Office Earns Accreditation With Zero Deficiencies

Medical Examiner accreditation

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office does "one of the best jobs in the country of providing ME services," according to Dr. Roger Mitchell, the chief medical examiner in Washington, D.C. He conducts accreditation inspections of ME offices...> MORE

Posted on: June 17, 2015

New Medical Examiner's Office Opens

Ribbon Cutting

Officials from across the metro area came together Wednesday, June 17, to mark the opening of the new, state-of-the art Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO), 950 E. 21st St. in Kansas City.

“This is another example of regional cooperation mak...> MORE


Posted on: November 13, 2012

Jackson County Purchases New Public Safety Radio System

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County has completed the purchase of new radio equipment for the county’s sheriff’s deputies, park rangers and corrections officers that will enhance their communication capabilities during emergency situations.

The Jackson Co...> MORE

Posted on: July 6, 2012

Historic Truman Courthouse to Close for Renovations

The Jackson County Truman Courthouse, located on the Independence Square, will close, beginning Monday, July 9, 2012 for renovation work inside the building. During this renovation work, the building will be closed to members of the public.

The work t...> MORE

Posted on: March 8, 2012

Jackson County Employees Donate Over 21,000 Pounds of Food to Harvesters

KANSAS CITY, MO – During their annual food drive, Jackson County employees collected enough food and monetary donations to provide over 16,000 meals to the Harvesters Community Food Network.

County employees in all departments provided donations from ...> MORE

Posted on: February 7, 2012

Jackson County Participating in Transit Development Workshops

KANSAS CITY, MO – In an effort to define potential economic development opportunities available with the construction of a regional transit system, Jackson County is participating in a series of transit oriented development (TOD) workshops this week with ...> MORE

Posted on: January 18, 2012

COMBAT Anti-Drug Billboards Showing Impact in Community

KANSAS CITY, MO – Since unveiling five new anti-drug billboards throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area, the Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) has seen a dramatic increase in traffic to the agency website, www.combatjack.org, and...> MORE

Posted on: August 19, 2011

Congressional Delegation Announces Federal Funding for Jackson County

KANSAS CITY, MO – Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, joined by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, announced today that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have awarded Jackson County a $652,200...> MORE

Posted on: August 1, 2011

Jackson County Releases Annual Audit

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County has released the results of its 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The results were revealed at this afternoon’s weekly meeting of the Jackson County Legislature.

The 2010 report is an unqualified audit ...> MORE

Posted on: June 3, 2011

Jackson County, City of Independence Cut Ribbon on Little Blue Trace Extension

Earlier today, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and other elected officials took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony that officially opened a three and a half mile extension of the Little Blue Trace Trail in eastern Jackson County.

The extension is...> MORE

Posted on: May 24, 2011

Medical Examiner’s Office Sends Staff to Joplin to Assist in Disaster Relief

KANSAS CITY, MO – Four members of the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office, including Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mary Dudley, have been dispatched to Joplin, Missouri to assist in the recovery efforts following Sunday evening’s tornado.

Dr. Dudley,...> MORE

Posted on: May 6, 2011

Jackson County Executive Appoints Peters-Baker as New Prosecutor

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has appointed Jean Peters-Baker as Jackson County Prosecutor. Sanders made the announcement at a press conference this afternoon at the downtown Jackson County Courthouse.

Peters-Baker was sworn i...> MORE

Posted on: April 28, 2011

Jackson County Executive Names Interim Prosecutor

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has named Melissa Mauer-Smith as interim Jackson County Prosecutor. Sanders made the announcement at a press conference this morning at the downtown Jackson County Courthouse.

Mauer-Smith will tem...> MORE

Posted on: January 31, 2011

Medical Examiner’s Office Receives Recognition for Tissue Donation

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office (JCMEO) was recently recognized by the Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) for their efforts in tissue donation.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mary Dudley and members of her staff received the “O...> MORE

Posted on: January 11, 2011

County Resolves Issue Regarding Insurance on Truman Sports Complex

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has announced that the County and AMBAC Assurance Corporation have reached a resolution regarding a key requirement that provides insurance to the 2006 bonds issued to fund improvements and construct...> MORE

Posted on: December 21, 2010

Jackson County Awarded Federal Funding to Study Mass Transit

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced today that Jackson County, in coordination with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and Mid-America Regional Council has received $1.8 million in competitive federal grants to ...> MORE

Posted on: September 1, 2010

Jackson County Executive Presents One-Year Report on Regional Correctional Center

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders appeared before the Kansas City, Missouri City Council Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee this morning to present a one-year progress report on the Regional Correctional Center (RCC). The RC...> MORE

Posted on: August 13, 2010

Jackson County Releases Audit

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County has released the results of its 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) which shows continued improvement in the county’s financial oversight. The results were revealed at the Jackson County Legislative meeting o...> MORE

Posted on: January 19, 2010

County Executive Calls for TIF Reform

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced today that Jackson County notified the attorney for the City of Kansas City, the attorney for the Kansas City TIF Commission, and the Mayor of Kansas City of its intent to sue in an effort ...> MORE

Posted on: September 4, 2009

Ribbon Cutting Marks Completion of Crucial Truman Courthouse Renovations

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders was joined by Independence Mayor Don Reimal and other local and state officials in cutting a ribbon at the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse this morning to commemorate the completion of renovations to the nat...> MORE

Posted on: July 30, 2009

Regional Correctional Center Opening A Day Early

KANSAS CITY, MO - Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will announce the opening of the new Regional Correctional Center (RCC) during a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2009. The news conference will be held at the Jackson County Detention ...> MORE

Posted on: March 25, 2009

County Executive Helps “Bring Down The Wall” to Save a National Landmark

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders reminded us again on Tuesday that bringing down a retaining wall around the Jackson County Truman Courthouse is an essential step in saving the national landmark in Independence. Officials from both Jackson County and...> MORE

Posted on: March 23, 2009

Wall-Breaking at Historic Truman Courthouse as Work Progresses

A ground breaking ceremony (in the form of a “wall-breaking”) is being held tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate the renovations currently under way at the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse in Independence. The event will take place at the corner of...> MORE

Posted on: January 30, 2009

County Executive Declares Truman Courthouse a “Public Emergency”

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders today declared the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse to be a public emergency. Joining Mr. Sanders were State Senator and 2009 Senate Minority Leader Victor Callahan (District 11), State Repr...> MORE

Posted on: September 29, 2008

Sanders Appointed Task Force Announce Findings and Recommendations

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders welcomed members of the Pension and Retirement Review Task Force to share their comments before the County Legislature today. In January, Sanders appointed the seven-member Task Force to examine the...> MORE

Posted on: September 26, 2008

County Executive Emphasizes Recycling in the Parks with New Program

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced today that the County Parks and Recreation Department has instituted a program, which features 40 state-of-the-art recycling containers installed throughout the Parks system. Each year more than 2 million p...> MORE

Posted on: July 11, 2008

Jackson County Hosting Convention of County Officials From Across the Nation

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County and the entire Kansas City area are hosting the 2008 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition today through Tuesday, July 15. More than 3,100 county officials from across the United States h...> MORE

Posted on: June 5, 2008

Sam & Lindsey Porter Memorial Playground Dedication Set For Saturday

KANSAS CITY, MO – The dedication for the Sam and Lindsey Porter Memorial Playground will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Jackson County’s Parks and Recreation Department provided the land for the playground in Independence along the Little Blue Tr...> MORE

Posted on: April 4, 2008

County Executive to Announce Senior Citizen Tax Payment Program

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Michael D. Sanders will be joined by former County Legislator and State Senator Victor Callahan (D-District 11) and others to announce a new tax payment program for senior citizens in Jackson County at 1:30 pm Fr...> MORE

Posted on: May 7, 2008

Detention Centers to Provide New Mental Health Services

KANSAS CITY, MO – Ken Conlee, Director of Corrections for Jackson County and Nancy Leazer, Kansas City Jail Superintendent, announced today that the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City has awarded a grant to develop Crisis Intervention Teams for...> MORE

Posted on: May 7, 2007

Jackson County partners with Regional Agencies for Quick Response to Flooding

KANSAS CITY, MO – Sustained heavy rain over the weekend led to emergency situations in Eastern Jackson County, resulting in road closures, localized evacuations, creek bank reinforcements, and closed boat ramps and trails in Jackson County Parks. Jackson ...> MORE


Posted on: December 19, 2013

Jackson County Surprises Two Families with New Homes for the Holidays

KANSAS CITY, MO – Earlier today, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Jackson County Legislator Bishop James Tindall announced the successful completion of two new projects for Jackson County Constructing Futures, a collaborative initiative between J...> MORE

Posted on: September 29, 2013

Jackson County COMBAT to Outline New Anti-Violence Focus

At Monday’s regular weekly meeting of the Jackson County Legislature, officials with Jackson County COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) will outline new efforts to help address violent crime throughout the community. Jackson County Executive Mike Sand...> MORE

Posted on: September 16, 2013

Historic Truman Courthouse Officially Reopens to the Public

INDEPENDENCE, MO) – After the completion of a successful $5.6 interior renovation, the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse in downtown Independence re-officially opened this morning to the public.

The historic courthouse has become a working cour...> MORE

Posted on: September 7, 2013

Jackson County Rededicates Truman Courthouse

INDEPENDENCE, MO – Eighty years after then Presiding Jackson County Judge Harry S. Truman renovated the same building, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined other elected officials and dignitaries in celebrating the restoration of the Historic Trum...> MORE

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Jackson County Parks Offering Special Military Discounts

In honor of the men and women serving or who have served in the Armed Forces, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has announced that Jackson County Parks is offering free admission to its historic sites, beaches, marinas as well as the Fred Arbanas Golf...> MORE

Posted on: June 5, 2013

Jackson County COMBAT to Host Anti-Violence Events in Grandview and Lee’s Summit

This Thursday and Friday, staff members of the Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) will join local law enforcement officials and volunteers in canvassing local neighborhoods to inform citizens about anti-violence efforts that are underw...> MORE

Posted on: May 22, 2013

Jackson County Public Works Wins Accolades for Recent Projects

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Jackson County Public Works Department has received two “Project of the Year” awards from the Kansas City Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The awards were presented to County Executive Mike Sanders and public w...> MORE

Posted on: April 22, 2013

Jackson County Drug Task Force Recognized by Statewide Law Enforcement Organization

For the second consecutive year, the Jackson County Drug Task Force has been named the Law Enforcement Unit of the Year by the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association. County Executive Mike Sanders recognized the work of the Task Force during this afternoo...> MORE

Posted on: March 20, 2013

Ribbon Cutting for New Emergency Operations Center Scheduled for Frida

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will be joined by United States Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Independence Mayor Don Reimal, and other officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony that will officially open the new Eastern Jackson County/Independence Emerge...> MORE

Posted on: February 15, 2013

COMBAT Launches New Anti-Violence Efforts in the Community

KANSAS CITY, MO – Earlier today, the Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) formally launched a new and highly visible campaign that will focus on curbing violent crime throughout the community.

Details of the new efforts were announc...> MORE


Posted on: December 15, 2014

Once homeless family gets remodeled home in Constructing Futures home giveaway

KANSAS CITY - This year’s holiday will be even more merry and bright for one Kansas City family. James Ponder and Pamela St. John are the recipients of a remodeled home in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood as part of Jackson County’s Constructing Futures home give...> MORE

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Jackson County breaks ground on Eastern Jackson County Courthouse renovation project

INDEPENDENCE, MO – With an eye on current needs and the future, Jackson County has broken ground on the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse renovation project.

The $6.8M contract with Excel Constructors of Overland Park, Kansas, includes five new courtro...> MORE

Posted on: November 7, 2014

Same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in Jackson County

KANSAS CITY, MO – Based on the ruling from the U.S. District Court of Western Missouri, the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Beginning at 2 p.m. today, licenses will be issued at both the Jackson County Co...> MORE

Posted on: November 5, 2014

Jackson County Counselor Stephen Nixon issues statement on same-sex marriage ruling

“Judge Burlison, a Missouri State Court Circuit Judge in St. Louis City, issued a Judgment today, declaring that the Recorder of Deeds and Vital Records Registrar of the City of St. Louis, has the authority to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. ...> MORE

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Jackson County moves one step closer to regional transit vision

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County has been allocated $10 million in federal highway transportation funds to apply toward the $59.9 million total cost of purchasing the Rock Island Corridor. In addition, Jackson County and the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) ha...> MORE

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Jackson County to save taxpayers $32 Million by refinancing Truman Sports Complex bonds

KANSAS CITY, MO – In order to take advantage of lower interest rates, Jackson County is refinancing up to $360 Million in bonds that were issued in 2006 for renovations at the Truman Sports Complex.

The move will save approximately $32 Million in inter...> MORE

Posted on: July 7, 2014

Jackson County’s ‘Big Bang’ July 4th Celebration Attracts Big Crowd Of More Than 20,000

Jackson County’s “Big Bang” Fourth of July Celebration proved to be a big hit. Approximately 20,000 people attended the event at Longview Lake.

"This is the third year Jackson County has hosted a Fourth of July event, and each year we've been able...> MORE

Posted on: June 30, 2014

ACLU Suit Against County Recorder of DeedsChallenges State’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County will expend no taxpayer dollars to mount a defense against a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of St. Louis filed Wednesday, June 25 against the county’s Recorder of Deeds Department on the behalf of “same-...> MORE

Posted on: June 13, 2014

B-25 Returns ‘Home’ for Jackson CountySalute to Veterans

KANSAS CITY, MO – More than 6,600 B-25s were produced at the North American Aviation plant in Kansas City, Kansas during World War II. On Saturday, June 14, one of those planes will make a return trip to the metro for Jackson County’s Flag Day Salute to V...> MORE

Posted on: June 5, 2014

Jackson County Employees Help Homeless Vets on D-Day Anniversary

KANSAS CITY, MO – Heart of America Stand Down officials estimate there are some 1,400 homeless Veterans around the Kansas City metro, which is not acceptable. That’s why Jackson County is holding a donation drive, in support of the upcoming Stand Down eve...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Major Meth Bust by Jackson County Drug Task Force takes $1 million in drugs off the streets

What do you get when you combine a tip from a concerned citizen with the assets of the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department? A methamphetamine bust to the tune of $1 million.

During a recent sweep, Officers recover...> MORE

Posted on: May 10, 2014

Jackson County Seals Time Capsule to be opened in 2093

INDEPENDENCE, MO – What will Jackson County look like in the year 2093? It’s hard to tell. However, our descendants will have a picture perfect view of the past, courtesy of the Historic Truman Courthouse time capsule.

Jackson County Executive Mike San...> MORE

Posted on: May 5, 2014

Jackson County Historic Truman Courthouse Wins Preservation Award

INDEPENDENCE, MO – Jackson County is the recipient of a 2014 Hickman Preservation Award for the restoration of the Historic Truman Courthouse.

County Executive Mike Sanders accepted the award for Outstanding Building Restoration from the Independence H...> MORE

Posted on: April 15, 2014

Jackson County Drug Task Force Named Law Enforcement Unit of the Year

KANSAS CITY, MO – For the third consecutive year, the Jackson County Drug Task Force has been recognized as the Law Enforcement Unit of the Year by the Missouri Narcotic Officers Association (MNOA). Additionally, Dan Cummings, the Officer in Charge for th...> MORE

Posted on: April 13, 2014

Jackson County Executive to Participate in Child Abuse Awareness Event with Operation Breakthrough

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will join Sister Berta Sailer of Operation Breakthrough and other public officials on Monday, April 14 in honoring children who have been victims of abuse or neglect.

Monday’s event will begin at 1:00 P.M. and take...> MORE

Posted on: February 24, 2014

Jackson County to Unveil Design of Truman Courthouse Time Capsule

On Tuesday, February 25, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will join five young artists in unveiling a mural that will adorn a time capsule that will be placed in the Historic Truman Courthouse later this year.

The presentation will take place at 3...> MORE

Posted on: February 24, 2014

Jackson County to Announce New Development on Efforts to Improve Regional Transit

This afternoon, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will announce a significant development regarding the potential acquisition of key transit corridors in Jackson County.

The update will take place during today’s regular weekly meeting of the Jacks...> MORE

Posted on: February 13, 2014

Jackson County COMBAT Releases Results of Independent Accountability Review

KANSAS CITY - Officials with Jackson County COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) have released the results of an independent financial accountability review that analyzed the department’s financial controls and processes.

The review was conducted b...> MORE

Posted on: January 14, 2014

First Step of Renovations Begin at Eastern Jackson County Courthouse

KANSAS CITY, MO – On Monday, Jackson County Public Works crews began tuck pointing the exterior of the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse (previously known as the Courthouse Annex), which is located in downtown Independence (308 West Kansas Avenue).

Th...> MORE


Posted on: November 17, 2015

Take a magical ride through Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park

Back by popular demand, Trip the Light Fantastic returns to Jackson County next Tuesday. Bicycle enthusiasts will again have the opportunity to enjoy a magical bike ride through Jackson County’s ‘Christmas in The Park’ on Tuesday, November 24, the night ...> MORE

Posted on: November 16, 2015

Jackson County to light up Truman Courthouse this Friday

INDEPENDENCE, MO – County Executive Mike Sanders will be joined by Willie Wilson, the Kansas City Royals all-time stolen base king, and Independence Mayor Eileen Weir when Jackson County lights the Historic Truman Courthouse on Independence Square for the...> MORE

Posted on: November 9, 2015

County Executive Presents Recommended Budget

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders presented his 2016 recommended budget to the County Legislature today and emphasized raises for county employees and a focus on public safety, including on the Department of Corrections.

“Because ...> MORE

Posted on: September 30, 2015

Jackson County, KCATA Agree to Funding Deal to Purchase Rock Island Corridor

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Kansas City Area Transportation Authority President and CEO Joe Reardon announced a cooperative agreement today that will provide the financing necessary for the future acquisition of the 17.7 mi...> MORE

Posted on: July 29, 2015

Clear title presented to first recipient of Constructing Futures house

Barbara Nelson considers herself blessed. Six years ago, Jackson County ended her and her two daughters’ struggle with homelessness, when County Executive Mike Sanders presented them the keys to the first vacant house remodeled through the county’s Constr...> MORE

Posted on: June 26, 2015

County Executive Mike Sanders Statement regarding SCOTUS Ruling on Marriage Equality

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders responded today to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling on marriage equality.

“The Supreme Court of the United States has seen this issue for what it truly is, a civil rights issue. I app...> MORE

Posted on: June 17, 2015

New Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office Opens

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office now “has a first-rate facility to match its first-rate reputation,” County Executive Mike Sanders stated during today’s grand opening of the new ME’s Office at 950 E. 21st St. in Kansas City. ...> MORE

Posted on: May 18, 2015

Comic book heroes fight crimein COMBAT-funded art class

INDEPENDENCE, MO – In a classroom at MyARTS East in Independence, superheroes of the future are taking shape. A group of teens are drawing and thinking of story lines for characters like Flamo, Star, Money Breaker and Ultra Guy. But what would a superhero...> MORE

Posted on: May 7, 2015

Jackson County & Kansas City complete regionalization of correctional services

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County and Kansas City have now fully consolidated jail services. Last week the county opened a new holding facility, on the ground floor of the Jackson County Detention Center, to house Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) detai...> MORE

Posted on: May 5, 2015

Jackson County employees honored for outstanding public service

KANSAS CITY, MO. – A group of courageous corrections officers, a woman who has dedicated her life to the parks system and two parks rangers who helped save the life of car-crash victim were among the Jackson County workers honored at the Public Employee ...> MORE

Posted on: May 4, 2015

Jackson County Kids Fishing Derby draws hundreds to Lake Jacomo

Her third time at the Jackson County Parks + Rec Kids Fishing Derby was the charm for 8-year-old Peyton Ray of Lee’s Summit, Mo. Her 10-inch-long, eight-ounce crappie won the event on Saturday, May 2, at Lake Jacomo, earning Peyton the first-place trophy....> MORE

Posted on: April 23, 2015

Jackson County Parks + Rec activities heat up with the weather

KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County COMBAT staff and Kansas City Police officers returned to the scene of a horrific crime Thursday evening. They joined local volunteers to canvass the Ruskin neighborhood around the south Kansas City park where a 14-year-old...> MORE

Posted on: April 7, 2015

Jackson County Parks + Rec activities heat up with the weather

With the weather heating up, so is the activity at Jackson County Parks+Rec.

Spring softball is already underway. The 250 camp sites around Longview, Blue Springs and Jacomo lakes opened for rental on April 1st and boat-rental season starts April 15.
...> MORE

Posted on: March 26, 2015

Drug Task Force named Missouri Law Enforcement Unit of the Year for fourth year in a row

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Jackson County Drug Task Force is clearly—and officially—setting the standard for excellence in law enforcement. For the fourth straight year, the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association (MNOA) has honored the Task Force as its Law E...> MORE

Posted on: March 9, 2015

High tech combined with trailside markers will help direct emergency responders to those in need

As the temperatures rise, more and more people head to parks to enjoy the beautiful scenery and get some exercise. Now, bikers and hikers who experience an emergency can quickly summon help to their exact location thanks to Jackson County Parks + Rec’s ne...> MORE

Posted on: March 2, 2015

National Weather Service declares Jackson County officially 'StormReady' For Severe Weather

KANSAS CITY - Only 27 of 114 counties in Missouri have earned the National Weather Service’s StormReady designation. The Weather Service defines a StormReady community as being “better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through ad...Read on...

Posted on: February 23, 2015

Jackson County ME’s Office earns accreditation with zero deficiencies

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office does “one of the best jobs in the country of providing ME services,” said Dr. Roger Mitchell, the Chief Medical Examiner from Washington, D.C. He was so impressed while inspecting the ME’s off...> MORE

Posted on: February 16, 2015

Jackson County Medical Examiner presenting two case studies at national conference

KANSAS CITY - Most people would never consider a clogged sink harmful. But at this week’s American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Jackson County Medical Examiner Dr. Mary Dudley and Deputy ME Dr. Marius Tarau have bee...> MORE

Posted on: January 26, 2015

Jackson County continues to hold the line on spending without reducing services or raising taxes

KANSAS CITY – Jackson County government will continue in 2015 its ongoing trend of spending less. County Legislators voted 9-0 Monday afternoon to approve a $292.6 million budget that represents a $4.7 million decrease compared to the 2014 budget and mark...> MORE

Posted on: January 8, 2015

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, County Legislators sworn in for new terms

INDEPENDENCE, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders urged the county’s legislators and other elected officials at his inaugural address Thursday evening in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library auditorium to be “farseeing” when setting goals to im...> MORE


Posted on: November 16, 2016

County Offices Closed In Observance Of Thanksgiving

Jackson County offices and Courthouses to be closed Nov. 24 – 25 in observance of Thanksgiving

Jackson County announced today that all county offices and courthouses will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Locations that will be closed include the downtown Jackson County Courthouse at 415 E...> MORE

Posted on: November 10, 2016

Jackson County Announces Independence Square Lighting Ceremony Nov. 18

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., will welcome special guest 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Garrett to light up Independence Square, using his world-class archery skills, during a special ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18

Olympic Archer Zach Garrett to Light the Square with Bow Shot

INDEPENDENCE, MO (Nov. 10, 2016) – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., will welcome special guest 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Garrett to light up Independence Square with a cere...> MORE

> FULL DETAILS
Posted on: November 3, 2016

Jackson County Announces Christmas in the Sky & Christmas in the Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Michele Newman, 816-503-4821 Director, Jackson County Parks + Rec

‘TIS THE SEASON!
JACKSON COUNTY PARKS + REC ANNOUNCESCHRISTMA...Read on...

Posted on: November 1, 2016

“Trip the Light Fantastic” Magical Bike Ride Scheduled for Nov. 22

Jackson County Parks + Rec presents “Trip the Light Fantastic”
Magical Bike Ride through Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Time: 5 p.m. – On-site registration; 6 – 7 p.m. – 4.5-mile course is open to ride ...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: October 31, 2016

Jackson County offices and Courthouses to be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day

KANSAS CITY, MO (Oct.31, 2016) – Jackson County announced today that all county offices and courthouses will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Locations that will be closed include the downtown Jackson County Courthouse at 415...Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2016

Jackson County COMBAT 2016 Awards Ceremony Recognizes Partners on Oct. 26

Third Annual COMBAT Awards Ceremony scheduled for Oct. 26

KANSAS CITY, MO (Oct. 24, 2016) – Jackson County COMBAT, the county’s Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax, will host its third annual awards ceremony on Wed., Oct. 26, at the Kansas City Public Lib...Read on...

Posted on: October 21, 2016

Jackson County to Participate in Pink Ribbon Road Show

Solidarity Walk scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (Oct.14, 2016) – Jackson County, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), the City of Kansas City and the American Cancer Society will be kicking off the Pink Ribbon...Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Jackson County COMBAT to Host Event in Vineyard Neighborhood Oct. 13

Jackson County COMBAT to Host Event in Vineyard Neighborhood
Neighborhood Event Will Include Free Gun Locks

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting a neighborhood event Thursday, Oct. 13 at 4502 Kensington Ave., Kansas City, MO 64130, in the Vineyard neighborhood.

What: COMBAT Prescription Drug Take Back and Neighborhood Cleanup

When: ...Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2016

County Executive to present Donation to the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired

KANSAS CITY, MO (Oct. 10, 2016) – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., will present a check for $8,500 in charitable donations to Nicola Heskett, Executive Director of the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI), at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct...Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2016

41st Annual Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music

The annual festival at one of Jackson County's most popular historic sites is this weekend. A family event, the festival features period music and children's games.

Dates/Times: Saturday, Oct.1; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fee: $10 per car/van; $20 per bus

Location: Missouri Town 1855, 8010 East Park Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 (Located on the eastern side of Lake Jacomo in Fleming Par...> MORE

> FULL DETAILS
Posted on: September 19, 2016

Fort Osage National Historic Landmark to host Grand Festival of Chez les Canses on Sept. 24

Jackson County Parks + Rec takes visitors to Fort Osage back in time for the Grand Festival of Chez les Canses on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $8 Adults; $4 youth (5-13) and seniors (62+); FREE under 4

Location: Fort Osage National Historic Landmark107 Osage Street
Sibley MO 64088

Fort Osage is located in Sibley, MO...> MORE

> FULL DETAILS
Posted on: August 25, 2016

Parks + Rec Presents An Agricultural Century

Jackson County Parks + Rec presents a century of agricultural advancement, from the mid-19th Century through the mid-20th Century.

Jackson County Parks + Rec’s Missouri Town 1855 presents
AN AGRICULTURAL CENTURY (1855-1955): A Celebration of American Farming

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $7 Adults; $4 youths (5-13) and seniors; FREE under 5 ...> MORE

Posted on: August 22, 2016

Jackson County to Pariticpate in Statewide Disaster Drill Aug. 24

A modern-day earthquake along the New Madrid fault line in southeast Missouri could leave major population centers like Nashville and St. Louis devastated. Jackson County will participate in a drill simulating the response to such a disaster.

“Show Me Mass Care Exercise” planned for several locations

KANSAS CITY, MO (Aug. 22, 2016) – Jackson County announced today that the county’s Emergency Preparedness team will be participating in a statewide disaster drill planned for several county loc...> MORE

Posted on: August 11, 2016

Jackson County COMBAT invites community to Grand Opening of “Hope Hangout” Aug. 15

Jackson County COMBAT is inviting members of the community to the grand opening of Hope Hangout, located on the grounds of Bethel Family Workshop Center in Kansas City. The center will serve as a safe place for youth to go after school and on weekends.

New center to serve as a safe place for youth

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Aug.11, 2016) – Jackson County COMBAT is inviting members of the community to the grand opening of the Hope Hangout, located on the grounds of Bethel Family Workshop Center, 10801 Ruskin W...> MORE

Posted on: August 11, 2016

Naturalization Ceremony Planned at Jackson County Historic Truman Courthouse Aug. 11

The Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, Mo., will host a naturalization ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Aug. 11.

KANSAS CITY, MO. (August 11, 2016) – The Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, Mo., will host a naturalization ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Aug. 11. The ceremony will be presided over by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough, and attended by David Dougla...> MORE

Posted on: August 3, 2016

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., To Declare Aug. 5 “Amos Otis Day”

Frank White, Jr. will honor his former Royals teammate "Famous" Amos Otis. The two played together for multiple playoff contenders, including the 1980 squad that reached the World Series. During that '80 Fall Classic, Otis batted 478 with three home runs.

KANSAS CITY, MO (August 3, 2016) – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., will declare on Thursday, Aug. 4 that Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 will be “Amos Otis Day” in Jackson County.

White will present Otis with a proclamation in the large second floor co...> MORE

Posted on: August 2, 2016

An Agricultural Century Event at Missouri Town 1855

Celebrate 100 years of Missouri’s rich agriculture heritage when Jackson County Parks + Rec presents AN AGRICULTURAL CENTURY (1855-1955): A Celebration of American Farming, Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Missouri Town 1855.

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $7 Adults; $4 youths (5-13) and seniors; FREE under 5

Location: Missouri Town 1855, 8010 East Park Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

Website

Contact: Jonathan Klusmeyer, 816-229-8980 ext. ...

> MORE

Posted on: July 26, 2016

Jackson County COMBAT to Host Neighborhood Event in Independence

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting its fourth neighborhood event Friday, July 29 in Independence, at Full Gospel Assembly near U.S. Highway 24 and S. Sterling Avenue. The event will include a Prescription Drug Take Back program and free gun locks.

Neighborhood Event Will Include Free Gun Locks

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting its fourth neighborhood event Friday, July 29 in Independence, at Full Gospel Assembly near U.S. Highway 24 and S. Sterling Avenue.

What: COMBAT Prescription Drug Take B...> MORE

Posted on: July 20, 2016

Frank White, Jr. attending White House Ceremony for World Champion Royals

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. – himself a World Series champ in 1985 – has been invited to the White House as President Obama celebrates the 2015 Kansas City Royals' world championship.

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 20, 2016) – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., has been invited by the White House to join President Obama and others in celebrating the Kansas City Royals’ 2015 World Series victory.

The trip will mark the Royals’ first ...> MORE

Posted on: July 18, 2016

County, ATA providing kids from Guadalupe Center a day at the beach

Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority are providing a group of kids from the Guadalupe Center a "day at the beach," allowing them to enjoy county park activities they might not be able to otherwise.

WHAT: Bringing Kansas City to Jackson County Parks, a partnership between Jackson County and KCATA.

One of the priorities of Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., is to make sure all residents of the county know what is available – especially th...> MORE

Posted on: July 7, 2016

Jackson County to Host USA Elite Girls Softball Tournament at Adair Park

Jackson County Parks +Rec will play to the USA Elite Select 12 and Under World Fast Pitch Championships at Adair Park July 10-15.

Two local teams participating in World Series Tournament

INDEPENDENCE, MO. (July 7, 2016) – The Jackson County Parks + Rec Department announced that it will host the USA Elite Select 12 and Under World Fast Pitch Championships at Adair Park from July 1...> MORE

Jackson County Parks + Rec
Posted on: June 16, 2016

Jackson County Announces Historic Promotion

Nilda Serrano

Nilda Serrano becomes the first female and first Hispanic to be promoted to captain in the Corrections Department.

KANSAS CITY, MO (June 27, 2016) – The Jackson County Corrections Department has announced the promotion of Nilda Serrano, the first female and first Hispanic to be promoted to captain. Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., was among the first to shak...> MORE

Posted on: June 16, 2016

Jackson County's Fourth of July Celebration Is Just Weeks Away!

Discover why Jackson County's Fourth of July Celebration has fast become one of the most popular Independence Day events in the Kansas City metropolitan region.

DATE: Monday, July 4, 2016

TIME: 5:30-10 p.m.

ADMISSION: FREE

LOCATION: Longview Lake Shelter #1311101 Raytown Road, Kansas City, MO
I-470 to Raytown Road, then south 2 miles

WEBSITE: jacksongov.org/july4

CONTACT: Michele Newman, Direct...> MORE

Posted on: June 15, 2016

Jackson County COMBAT to Host Neighborhood Events

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting its third neighborhood event Friday, June 17 in Blue Springs, just off I-70 at the corner of NW Woods Chapel Road and NW Kingsridge Drive. Event will include free gun locks.

Blue Springs Event Will Include Free Gun Locks

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting its third neighborhood event Friday, June 17 in Blue Springs, just off I-70 at the corner of NW Woods Chapel Road and NW Kingsridge Drive.

What: COMBAT Prescription Dr...> MORE

Posted on: June 3, 2016

Oregon-California Trails Association to Unveil 1924 Oregon Trail Bronze Medallion at the Jackson Cou

Medallion, created by renowned sculptor, will be placed at the Truman Courthouse to serve as a marker indicating that Independence Square was the jumping off point for three iconic trails as pioneers made their way west to Oregon, California and Santa Fe.

INDEPENDENCE, MO. – The Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), headquartered in Independence, Mo., received a donation of a rare 3-foot diameter, 200-pound bronze Oregon Trail medallion. The medallion will be dedicated at a special ceremony on the n...> MORE

Posted on: May 23, 2016

Usher In Summer With A Day Of Fun

Jackson County offering a great way to kick off summer 2016 by step back in time at Missouri Town 1855 for Children's Day and National Trials Day on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

EVENT: Children’s Day and National Trails Day

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016

LOCATION: Missouri Town 1855, 8010 East Park Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

HOURS: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

ADMISSION: Adults $7.00, Children (5-13) & Seniors $4.00, Childr...> MORE

Posted on: May 23, 2016

Sand Cinema Returns To Longview Lake Beach

Jackson County Parks +Rec will again be hosting great family movies under the stars and on the sand at Longview Lake Beach.

Jackson County Parks + Rec will kick off its SAND CINEMA Movie Series at Longview Lake Beach with Disney’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR, Friday, June 3. Gates will open at 7:30 pm. The movie is scheduled to get underway at about 9:00 pm or dark. Admission is $5 p...> MORE

Posted on: May 20, 2016

Jackson County Beaches Open Memorial Day Weekend

Jackson County Park + Rec beaches open May 28.

HOURS:WeekendsMay 28 – Sept 5: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Weekdays (M-F)
May 30 – June 3: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. June 6 – Aug. 5: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 8 – Aug. 12: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Aug. 13 - 27: Closed Weekdays

Closures: L...> MORE

Posted on: May 18, 2016

Jackson County COMBAT to Kick-Off Neighborhood Events

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting this year’s second neighborhood event in Kansas City with a new twist. The event features Prescription Drug Take Back, neighborhood clean-up efforts and distribution of free gun locks.

East KC Event Includes COMBAT’s New Drug Take Back Program

Jackson County COMBAT is hosting this year’s second neighborhood event this Friday, May 20 at E. 35th and Prospect Ave., in Kansas City, MO with a new twist. As in the past, COMBAT will partner...> MORE