Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

The Star says the KCC doubles team of Callie Eldred and Jennie Jenkins could be a factor in the state tennis tournament.
The Star says the KCC doubles team of Callie Eldred and Jennie Jenkins, shown celebrating their second-place regionals finish, could be a factor in the state tennis tournament.
Kansas City Christian, SM East among favorites as state tennis tourneys begin. The Star’s preview of state tennis tournaments across the state focuses in part on whether northeast Johnson County schools SM East and Kansas City Christian can bring titles back home. [Kansas state girls tennis: five things to watch — Kansas City Star]

Rep. Rooker holding public forum. Rep. Melissa Rooker, who is running for re-election against challenger Jennifer Robinson, is holding a public forum tonight at Sylvester Powell Community Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. In announcing the forum, Rooker noted the only joint appearance with both candidates does not occur until October 30, very close to election, and that advance voting is starting.

Smith ratified as city administrator. The Mission City Council unanimously confirmed Mission Mayor Steve Schowengerdt’s appointment of Laura Smith as the new city administrator during the Wednesday night council meeting. Several council members simultaneously seconded the appointment. A reception for Smith followed the meeting.

Peterson says county employment down 12 percent. In a county budget presentation that he has been making to city councils, outgoing Johnson County First District Commissioner Ed Peterson says the county has reduced the number of county employees over the last five years by about 400 positions to approximately 3,800. Of those, Peterson says, about 200 positions are not filled. The county is performing the same services with about 12 percent fewer employees, he said.

Kansas City Star editorial board endorses Eilert, McConwell for county commission. The Kansas City Star’s editorial board issued its endorsements for the county commission races, and favors Ed Eilert for reelection as commission chair and Laura McConwell for the District 1 seat. [Ed Eilert, Laura McConwell and Curt Skoog are solid choices for the county commission — Kansas City Star]