Regional Roundup: Local governments earn kudos

Olathe City Hall
Olathe City Hall

Each month, our Management Matters newsletter highlights state and national recognition awarded to local governments in Greater Kansas City. Recent highlights include:

Olathe ranks in top 100 best fleets in North America — The city of Olathe, Kansas, Public Works Vehicle Maintenance Division was ranked 81st in the nation by the 100 Best Fleets in North America program and Governing Magazine. The program recognizes and rewards peak performing fleet operations throughout the country. Olathe’s Vehicle Maintenance Division includes 25 employees and maintains more than 1,300 pieces of equipment.

Kansas City achieves What Works Cities gold — Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 2019 Certified Cities for its What Works Cities initiative. Kansas City, Missouri, achieved gold certification and joins Los Angeles, Louisville and Washington, D.C. as communities that exemplify the use of data and evidence to solve problems in the most effective way possible. In 2018, Bloomberg Philanthropies recognized Kansas City, Missouri, with silver certification.

Johnson County upholds its rank as the healthiest county in Kansas — Johnson County is the healthiest county in Kansas according to the 10th annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps . Johnson County ranked first in the state for health outcomes and health factors. The rankings indicate that citizens in the county face poor health outcomes due to obesity, excessive drinking and smoking. The county has a number of initiatives underway to address these issues.

Blue Springs parks director wins distinguished service award — The Missouri Parks and Recreation Association recognized Dennis Dovel, Blue Springs director of Parks and Recreation, with the 2019 Park Resource Distinguished Service Award. Dovel has served as the director of Parks and Recreation since 2012 and guided many initiatives, including the first-ever parks master plan and five-year dedicated half-cent sales tax for parks deferred maintenance.