Newly elected county officials settle into jobs

Six new elected officials have taken office in Johnson County this year, and they hope to quickly tackle issues such as a countywide smoking ban.

On Jan. 1, Johnson County got two new commissioners, a new coroner, a new treasurer and two new county council members. They said they want to take some time to familiarize themselves with their new jobs but hope to soon revisit the smoking ban, create a new court and figure out how to consolidate dispatch centers.

The new office-holders also want to reach out to residents for input and try to save taxpayer dollars, such as by buying more in bulk. They’re making sure the phone gets answered at the treasurer’s office and trying to ensure smooth transitions.

They told residents not to expect any major changes right away but said they’d have to quickly make decisions on a few big matters.

For instance, new Commissioner Ron West said the county should reconsider a smoking ban after the county passed and then repealed a proposal that would have prohibited people from smoking in all public places, including bars and private clubs.

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