May 2023 Leavenworth County Newsletter

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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

BOCC Board
County Attorney's Office

Coordinator hired for Leavenworth County Veterans Treatment Court

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LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. --- The Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office and the First Judicial District Court are pleased to announce Abigail Allman has been named Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator for the Leavenworth County Veterans Treatment Court.

As Court Coordinator, Allman will be responsible for coordinating all participants and entities involved in the treatment court, including the Veterans Administration, veteran mentors, treatment providers, and the justice-involved veterans.

Allman comes to the Leavenworth County Attorney's Office after previously working for the Johnson County Mental Health Department in Olathe, Kansas.

The Leavenworth County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is scheduled to begin operations later this year. Funding for this specialty court was made possible when Leavenworth County Attorney Thompson and Assistant County Attorney Christopher Lyon secured a federal grant of $1 million offered by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran. The grant fund is expected to fully cover four years of court services in Leavenworth County. 

County Attorney Thompson said, “This is a great opportunity for our veterans, the people who sacrificed to assure our safety.”

The VTC is a specialty court for justice-involved veterans who are charged with criminal offenses in Leavenworth County District Court. VTC offers supervised treatment and supportive services as an alternative to incarceration. As part of VTC, the County Attorney’s Office offers VTC Diversion, which is intended to give a “second chance” to veterans who have committed criminal offenses deemed eligible for diversion within the court. The primary objective of VTC is to promote public safety by providing an inter-agency, collaborative, non-adversarial treatment strategy to veterans in the criminal justice system who suffer from mental health and/or substance abuse issues related to their service in our armed forces.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please email

Additional information regarding VTC:

The VTC is voluntary. Eligibility will be determined before any hearings as strict guidelines for acceptance into the specialty court will be followed. The VTC may accept veterans charged with either felony or misdemeanor offenses, subject to limitations.

Offenses and offenders excluded from participation in VTC:

  • Off-grid offenses
  • Felony sex crimes
  • Registered sex offenders
  • Offenses involving serious bodily harm or death
  • Offenses requiring interstate compact supervision

To qualify for VTC Diversion, a defendant must have served in the armed forces of the United States of America and: 1) live in the state of Kansas and be eligible to receive benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or 2) be a resident of Leavenworth County, Kansas. There is no guarantee diversion will be granted in any given case. The needs of the offender are less important than those of public safety and the rights of the victim(s).

In determining whether to grant diversion, the County Attorney will consider whether the defendant demonstrates a genuine sense of remorse and is prepared to acknowledge the act(s) charged and accountability for the consequences of their actions. Two assessments will be completed, and if the need for treatment has been determined, a formal conference with the veteran and the VTC Team will be scheduled to decide if the veteran will be approved for VTC Diversion.

The VTC involves five phases, each phase involves less oversight of the justice-involved veteran while placing more accountability on the veteran. During the phases, each veteran is tested for drug and alcohol use a minimum of twice per week. Each veteran is assigned a veteran mentor who will act as an advocate. Each veteran is “incentivized” to continue participation. Each veteran, who fails to adhere to the rules, may be sanctioned with termination from VTC. The final stage includes graduation from VTC. Upon satisfactorily completing requirements, participants will graduate in a ceremony conducted in court – charges will be officially dismissed and diversions will be completed.

Contact for additional information, or questions.

Sheriff Office

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is seeking hardworking, dedicated, and career-minded professionals for the positions of:

Deputy Sheriff (Patrol Division) - $22.89/Hour, Full-Time, Benefits Eligible, Pay Consideration for Experience / Education

Deputy Sheriff Job Description

Detention Officer - $20.35/Hour, Full-Time, Benefits Eligible

Detention Officer Job Description

To apply click here !

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Hot Dogs
Earlier this month Pleasant Ridge Elementary School invited local Law Enforcement out for their annual Hot Dogs with Heroes and Yearbook signing party! Thank you for letting us be part of your fun day!


Job Openings

May Job Openings 2023

Are you looking for a new career?

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 Spotlights

One of our greatest resources at Leavenworth County is our hard-working employees. Weekly we take a moment to post an employee spotlight to recognize a job well done and to help our residents understand a little more about how local government works.

We would like to congratulate each employee celebrating a work anniversary milestone! We are proud to have dedicated employees on our team!

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Connie Anderson
Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office

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At the end of April the Sheriff’s Office celebrated the retirement of Connie Anderson!

 Connie is a familiar face in the Sheriff’s Office and will be very missed.

 We wish her the best in retirement and thank her for giving 36 years to Leavenworth County residents.

Leavenworth County EMS

05-2023 - EMS Week
Leavenworth County Health Department

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. Prevention services and supports developed by this collaboration can help to protect children and strengthen families. Leavenworth County Health Department had many activities throughout the month to raise awareness during the month of April.

Child Abuse month 2023

2023 National Nurses Month Celebration

The impact nurses make on health care is unparalleled. The American Nurses Association kicked off its annual month-long celebration that allows for greater opportunities to promote understanding and appreciation of the invaluable contributions of nurses

Nurses bring vast knowledge and expertise to every health care setting across a wide range of specialties, serving your patients and communities throughout the continuum of life and care. 

This year's theme, You Make a Difference, is to honor the varying nursing roles as well as the positive impact they have on everyone's lives.

Nurses Week 2023


  Public Works

KDOT Fly Day

Vince Grier, the Superintendent of Road and Bridge, Alan Phillips, the Noxious Weed Manager, and Soma San, the GIS Supervisor who is FAA certified Remote Pilot, had the opportunity to attend the KDOT FLY Day - FAA Beyond Partner Project event held in Topeka. 


The event, organized by the KDOT Division of Aviation in collaboration with the UAS Joint Task Force (JTF) and sponsored by Skydio, aimed to introduce rural communities to new technology as part of the FAA BEYOND Program. Participants from various state agencies, local governments, and public safety organizations attended the event to learn about innovative domestic technology is a crucial undertaking for agencies and companies. In this regard, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have gained significant attention due to their potential to enhance efficiency, reduce costs, boost safety, and enable new capabilities. UAS technology has delivered impressive outcomes across various industries, such as agriculture, energy, transportation, and public safety, demonstrating its substantial benefits and the increasing adoption of UAS by agencies to enhance their operations.

Public Works Update
On May 10, 2023, the BOCC accepted the low bid for the  E-48 Bridge Replacement  on 255th Street, north of K-192 Highway, in the amount of $418,453.50. Dondlinger & Sons Construction of Wichita, KS, was the successful bidder. Three bids were received on the project. Project construction is scheduled to begin June 15, 2023, with a required completion date of October 4, 2023. The project will be partially funded by a KDOT Local Bridge Improvement Grant in the amount of $150,000. 
E-48 Replacement

Council on Aging

WEAAD 2023

Poker Run 2023
Perky's Farkle
Fishing Trip 2023

County Treasurer's Office

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Vehicle renewals for customers with the last name starting with "E" “F” & “G”  will be due by May 31st.

  1. Taxpayers may renew their vehicles up to 60 days in advance of their renewal deadline.
  2. Personal Property Tax and Real Estate Taxes for the 2022 Tax year are due by May 10th, all payments made after May 10th will be delinquent.  
  3. 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.

Planning and Zoning

Do I need a permit


A building permit is required of all persons desiring to build any structure - residential, accessory or commercial, within the unincorporated areas of Leavenworth County. Structures smaller than 100 square feet are not regulated. The structure built must be the type for which the permit was purchased and used in the manner attended at the time the permit was issued. A building permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
Building Permits

Traditional building permit applications can be found in the document center or can obtained in-person from our office. Completed application packets can be submitted in-person, emailed to us at, or submitted through our new Building Permit Online Application.

After receiving a building permit packet, we will confirm that the application is complete. Please then allow for 5-10 business days for the application to be processed. Once the permit is complete our office will be in contact with the applicant to arrange payment which can be done by check, in cash, or over the phone via credit/debit card. PLEASE NOTE: there is a fee associated with processing credit/debit cards charged by the service provider that is a percentage of the overall cost.

For more information regarding associated fees, please refer to our Schedule of Fees.

Additional Information :

  • Before beginning construction, please contact Kansas811 to determine where underground utilities are located on your property.
  • When a parcel requires an entrance and is not being obtained at the same time as a Single Family Residence, an Entrance Permit Application will need to be submitted. More information about entrance permits can be found here.
  • In order to submit a building permit packet, the applicant will need to be on the deed of the property. If someone other than the owner of the property is submitting a building permit packet, an Owner Authorization form will need to be submitted with the packet. Owner Authorization forms can be found in the Document Center.

Register of Deeds


Leavenworth County Register of Deeds Top 10 in USA!!

The news was just released mid-April from Fidlar Technologies that Leavenworth County was again First Place in Kansas for the highest number of new subscribers to Property Fraud Alert.  In addition, our office placed in the Top 10 of all counties in the USA!

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May ROD 1 We have received over 52,000 of our digitally enhanced documents in the office from our scanning project. Over 325,000 more documents will arrive in the next few months. Research is getting easier every day for title companies, banks, and individuals needing our older documents.
Lila White of McCaffree Short Title was the first search request to receive a document from our completed scans.  

Lansing Elementary School - Buffalo Bill Lesson
Susan Draftz and I had a fun time bringing to life the autobiography of Buffalo Bill Cody to nine classes of 3rd graders at Lansing Elementary School on April 21st.  By reading sections about local landmarks and showing maps and documents that connected his observations, the kids experienced a taste of where a real-life legend lived in our neck of the woods. 
To enhance the experience for the kids, I wore my best 1800's costume.  My favorite question at the end of the presentation was from a very sincere young lady: "How old were you when you met Buffalo Bill?" 

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DD-214 Filed for Free
Donald Echols visited our office this month to file his military retirement paperwork, DD-214 and wore a message on his cap.

Remember – DD-214s are filed for free, are not available to the public, but are kept under lock and key.  Five certified copies are available anytime at no charge.  Thank you for your service, Veterans!

Sharing FREE Property Fraud Alert Service by Register of Deeds
All land owners received a Property Alert flyer by mail in March, and our phones are busy!

  • April 10th - West Haven Baptist Church
  • April 12th - Knights of Columbus
  • April 21st - Lansing Elementary School
  • April 22nd - 4-H Foundation Dinner
  • April 29th - First City History Festival
  • May 1st - Rural Leavenworth Inc
  • May 2nd - Fort Leavenworth Newcomers
  • May 4th - Easton Lions Club
  • May 9th - FLIX Fort Leavenworth

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 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 about any questions you may have about how that would affect conveying 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 .

Transfer Station

The City of Tonganoxie had a Household Hazardous Waste Clean up on Saturday, April 8, 2023. The Leavenworth County Transfer Station was there to take in the waste from 32 city residents.  

The City of Leavenworth had a Household Hazardous Waste Clean up on Saturday, April 22, 2023. The Transfer Station took waste from 37 city residents.

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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

Community Corrections

The Department of Community Corrections is responsible for the intervention, supervision and monitoring of adult and youth offenders on probation in Leavenworth County. The department is currently composed of two divisions: Adult Services and Juvenile Services. Working in partnerships with local treatment counselors, service providers, community based resources, the Courts, Law Enforcement, and the Kansas Department of Corrections, we provide a viable and cost-effective alternative to incarceration for offenders in our community.

Mission Statement
To provide evidence-based supervision which promotes public safety, offender accountability, and improves their ability to live productively and lawfully in our community.

Contact Us
PHONE: 913.684.0775
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