April 2024 Leavenworth County Newsletter

Board of County Commissioners

The Board of County Commissioners serves as the Chief Legislative and Executive Branch of the County Government. Composed of five members, with each Commissioner representing a district of the County.

The duties of the Board of County Commissioners include:

  • Approving the County budget and expenditures
  • Appointing the various department heads of the County
  • Exercising powers of local legislation

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During the first Board of County Commission Meeting of April, a proclamation was read declaring April National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Board invited the First Judicial District CASA Association to the meeting to help kick off their 2024 campaign and to show the support and thanks that Leavenworth County has for all they do for our community.


Child abuse and neglect are serious problems affecting every segment of our community and finding solutions requires input and action from everyone.


Prevention is the key this month and all year long.

www.casalvks.org for details.

A view from the roof of the Justice Center at 601 S. 3rd Street, Leavenworth, KS, facing North.
County Attorney's Office

The County Attorney’s Office showed its support for Wear Blue Day for Child Abuse Prevention Month by wearing blue. Some office members posed for a quick picture.


Todd and a few of the assistant county attorneys from the office met with members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office for training on March 28 inside the Leavenworth Justice Center.  

Sheriff's Office
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Sheriff Office Job Openings

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is seeking hardworking, dedicated, and career-minded professionals for the positions of:
Deputy Sheriff (Patrol Division) - $23.35/Hour, Full-Time, Benefits Eligible, Pay Consideration for Experience/Education

Deputy Sheriff Job Description

Detention Officer - $20.76/Hour, Full-Time, Benefits Eligible
Detention Officer Job Description

To apply click here.  

Job Openings

Are you looking for a new career?

Now Hiring April

Leavenworth County is a great place to work!

You can find all of our current job openings on our job opening section of our website.

Employee Anniversaries

One of our greatest resources at Leavenworth County is our hard-working employees. We would like to congratulate each employee celebrating a work anniversary milestone during the month of April! We are proud to have dedicated employees on our team!

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Leavenworth County EMS

04-2024 - Emergency Preparedness Fair

Health Department

The Health Department and One Leavenworth Child Care Coalition need your help determining childcare needs within Leavenworth County.

Please scan the QR code below to take the brief survey or use this link.

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April 1 – 7 was Public Health Week was celebration April 1st - 7th, 2024.
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Pictured above is the Health Department and WIC staff.

Emergency Management

My AlertsSign up for AlertSense Notifications: 

The AlertSense App can be downloaded on your mobile device. This app alerts you to certain weather watches and warnings. It will give you weather alerts for the area you are currently in. You can also add multiple locations in the app to keep you informed of other locations, such as families who live elsewhere. This can be done through the Sheriff’s Website page or

Council on Aging

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County Treasurer's Office


  1.  For the month of April, motor vehicles with owners’ last names starting with the letter “C” & “D” will be due by April 30th.
  2. The Tonganoxie Annex will now be open from 7:30am-4:00pm.
  3. Reminder: The 2nd half of personal property taxes will be due by May 10th.
  4. Kansas is replacing ALL embossed license plates, they will automatically be replaced. If you mail your registration payment in, we will be mailing you a new registration with a temp tag. You will receive a new plate in the mail in 1-2 weeks.
  5. Taxpayers may renew their vehicles up to 60 days in advance of their renewal deadline.
  6. Note: Starting January 2024 we will be giving out different plate styles. You can find them on our website.
  7. Driver's License renewals at the Annex are now taking appointments again. Please call to set up an appointment at 913-364-5730.
For more information about renewing your vehicle, visit this section of our website: Renewing Your License Plate.

Building and Grounds

What we do...

Buildings and Grounds tries, to the best of our ability, to be good stewards of taxpayer's money and operate within the annual budget constraints set by the Board of County Commissioners.

What responsibilities fall under Buildings and Grounds?

  • The safe operation and maintenance of 10 county owned buildings and three communication towers with a combined value of over $78 million.
  • Primary focus is on the Courthouse, Justice Center, Health Department, Cushing, EMS facilities, County Shop, Transfer Station and Tonganoxie Annex.
  • Manages all facility construction projects and subcontracted services.

How does Buildings and Grounds accomplish all of the needed operation and maintenance?

  • Buildings and Grounds has a maintenance staff of a director, four technicians, an administrative assistant, four janitorial staff and access to the County Shop personnel and equipment when needed.
  • Buildings and Grounds has many tools in the operation and maintenance toolbox and some are three year on-call contracts, a shop full of hand tools, power tools, mowing equipment and needed parts.
  • Buildings and Grounds has access to the Public Works architectural/engineering support contract for assistance with engineering and architectural design needs.
  • Other tools at our disposal are annual specialty service contracts for elevators, electrical control systems at the Justice Center, fire monitoring, vending and Justice Center janitorial to name a few.

What types of projects does Buildings and Grounds have going today?

  • Water control of the lower scale house at the Transfer Station.
  • Repair / Replacement of water shelf at the Courthouse.
  • Preparation of grounds to weed, feed and mow.
  • Operations and maintenance of the five sewer districts.
  • Day to day requests for operation and maintenance from county employees.

Register of Deeds


 2024 Volunteers for Subscription Calls

2024.04 ROD 1With the mailing of an invitation to every Leavenworth County landowner comes hundreds of calls to our office. Without the help of our volunteers, it could be overwhelming. 

We want to thank Sher Streigold, Peggy Brown, John Matthews, Sherri Grogan, and Karen Hershey who graciously donated their time and talent to help our office answer phone calls. 

The result was 400 new subscriptions in 2 weeks!  


New Ransomware Attack Jackson County, MO

As if we didn’t need more proof, the Jackson Co MO Recorder’s Office along with all other county offices were hit with a ransomware attack on April 2, 2024.  Surrounding counties are stepping in to help file marriage licenses, but deed recordings and other standard services are at a standstill.  It is a harsh reminder that we have to check before we click!

Sharing FREE Property Fraud Alert & Services by Register of Deeds

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March 16, 2024 - Tonganoxie St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2024 - Leavenworth St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 23, 2024 - Emergency Preparedness Fair

March 28, 2024 Fraud Training Sheriff's Department

April 4, 2024 - Retired Teachers Association

April 11, 2024 - Fraud Training Sheriff's Department

If you are part of a club or organization looking for a speaker, I am available to share this community service in person. Email requests TMashburn@LeavenworthCounty.gov or call the office. I would be happy to share a program on Register of Deeds services with your group.

In these uncertain times, I encourage you to protect your property by also researching the benefits of the Transfer on Death Deed and talking with your attorney on any questions you may have about your property ownership. We have forms you may print off for free on our website.

For more information or to subscribe to Property Fraud Alert, call the Register of Deeds at 913.684.0424 or email tmashburn@leavenworthcounty.gov .

Transfer Station

Leavenworth County HHW Trailer will be at the following clean-up events in Leavenworth County - Mark your calendars!

City of Leavenworth
When: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Hours: 9 AM-Noon
Location: Behind the Service Center at Pennsylvania and Lawrence Avenues (behind the Pennsylvania Station apartments)
Contact: Steve King sking@firstcity.org 913-682-0650

City of Tonganoxie
When: Saturday, April 27, 2024
Hours: 9 AM-Noon
Location: The parking lot EAST of the Fire Station, 825 E 4th Street, Tonganoxie, KS 66086
Contact: Heather Holek hholek@tonganoxie.org

City of Basehor
When: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Hours: 9 AM-Noon
Location: Basehor Public Works Department - 2300 N 158th St, Basehor, KS 66007
Contact: 913-724-2000 Gene Myracle citysuper@cityofbasehor.org

Transfer Station Contact Information
24967 136th St, Lansing, KS 66043
Phone: 913.727.2858
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and all County observed Holidays

Appraiser's Office

Per KSA 79-1613


The State of Kansas allows for the abatement of taxes on a homestead in the event of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, flood, tornado, fire, or storm.


  1. Structures must be 50% destroyed based on the current market value.
  2. Must be applied for within 18 months.
  3. Taxes may be abated for the current year of the damage from the date of the damage.
  4. Structures only, no items such as land, trees, or items such as fences.
  5. Structures destroyed before August 15th will be credited on the current year of taxes the damages occurred in.
  6. Structures destroyed after August 15th of the current year of damage; the abatement will be a credit on the following tax year.

 Public Works  

2024 County Shop CrewNational Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.

The Public Works Department provides the necessary training and resources to its employees that allows them to provide services to the County's residents accurately, timely, in a professional manner, compliant with Federal, State and County regulations and in a responsive manner that leads to citizen satisfaction.

We are very proud of our Road and Bridge Crew and are excited to provide you with some highlights of this department with this post!
Featured Department: Public Works Road and Bridge, located at the County Shop - 23690 187th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048
The Department of Public Works maintains approximately 744 miles of roads, of which there are:
Paved – 340.79 Miles
Gravel – 386.65 Miles
Minimum Maintenance –16.6 Miles
Bridges – 149
• 107 Bridges
• 5 Bridges less than 20’
• 37 Rural Secondary Bridges
Culverts – 391

These men and women work hard every day, in every weather condition and they stay busy year-round. When necessary, their crews spend nights, weekends and holidays away from their families to keep the County roadways as safe as possible. Let’s return the favor! If you’re ever in work zone, please use caution so we can keep them safe as well!

Thank you, Road and Bridge Division. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

Noxious Weed Department

Each county has a designated Weed Director who is responsible for working with landowners to help them in controlling and eradicating the Noxious Weed on their land. Noxious weeds are one of the greatest threats to the Kansas environment because they displace native plant species, interfere with the production of agricultural crops, increase erosion, destroy wildlife habitat and decrease property values. The Noxious Weed Departments responsibilities are to control vegetation in right of ways throughout Leavenworth County.

They are also responsible for roadside mowing, herbicide use and noxious weed control.

Services provided:
• Cost Share Program: Chemicals are offered for sale to all Leavenworth County residence at a 25% under county cost to control noxious weeds.
• Rental Sprayers: six (6) 125-150 gallon sprayers are available for a daily rental fee of $35.00. All sprayers are rented on a first come first serve basis.

Noxious Weeds
Pictured from left to right are:
Kyle Schwinn, Jeremy Wagner, Anthony Rozine, Kyle Hardisty, Brandon Cole and Alan Phillips

Planning and Zoning
Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a 10 member board that is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The Planning Commission has the following responsibilities:

To hear and make recommendations concerning amendments to the Zoning and Subdivision Regulations and the Comprehensive Plan;
To make recommendations on development cases based on the Leavenworth County Zoning and Subdivision Regulations; and
To serve as the Board of Zoning Appeals to hear requests for variances from the Leavenworth County Zoning and Subdivision Regulations.

Planning Commission Agenda Packets and Meeting Minutes can be found here

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