We Want Hannes! Overturn decision ousting Mr. Zacharias as Johnson County's County Manager
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On Thursday November 30, 2017, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to end the contract of the County Manager, Hannes Zacharias. The 4-3 vote resulted in ending Mr. Zacharias' contract effective December 31, 2017.
Under Mr. Zacharias' leadership, the county has flourished--from an increase in both parks and libraries, the opening of the Arts and Heritage Center and a plan to build a new courthouse and Tomahawk wastewater facility. Mr. Zacharias has supported Human Services in a county that needs it just a much as the next one. He has recognized the need to supplement funding for the mental health system and support early intervention to get citizens the help they need. He had been our leader during the worst recession we have seen in our time, only to have the county be a better place that it was prior.
Mr. Zacharias has implemented, supported and, most importantly, LIVED the LEAP (Leadership Empowers All People) philosophy, making our county an even better place of employment and in turn a better place to live. This previous October, Mr. Zacharias was awarded Edwin O. Stene Award for Managerial Excellence. Mr. Zacharias is respected in our county, in our state and, most impressively, in our nation.
This coming Thursday, December 7, 2017, will be the first meeting since the Board of County Commissioners had this vote. It is my understanding that there is a chance for the commissioners in favor to request a reconsideration of this decision and possibly overturn this decision--resulting in Mr. Zacharias remaining the county manager and our fearless leader.
Many constituents and county employees have expressed their discontent and disagreement with this vote. This petition is another opportunity to have our voices heard and will be provided to the commission prior to their vote on Thursday.
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