Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Jeff Colyer speaking in Overland Park in February.
Jeff Colyer speaking in Overland Park in February.

Colyer outreach efforts fuel speculation about possible change in governor’s office. Leawood’s Jeff Colyer, the former state senator who became Sam Brownback’s Lt. Governor in 2011, has been reaching out to lawmakers in recent days, a move that some think points to a possible change in the state’s leadership. Gov. Brownback has been widely rumored to be a candidate for service in the Trump administration, which would mean Colyer would take his place as Kansas’s top elected official. [Is Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer of Johnson County preparing to step in for Brownback? — Kansas City Star]

Blue Valley school board president suggests informal get together to discuss state education issues with Shawnee Mission counterparts. Mike Seitz, president of the Blue Valley school board, told fellow members Monday that it would be helpful to exchange visits with Shawnee Mission board members at one another’s workshops. Seitz said he got the idea after a casual meeting with some Shawnee Mission board members at a recent state school board gathering. “The issues we face are similar to the Shawnee Mission School District,” he observed.

Mission acquires new vehicle. The Mission Community Development Department has acquired a 2017 Ford Escape that will be used primarily by neighborhood services for code enforcement activities.

Brownback appoints first African American judge for Johnson County District Court. Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday announced he was appointing Rhonda K. Mason of Olathe to replace Johnson County District Judge Gerald Elliott, who is retiring. Mason, who has a law practice based in Overland Park, is just the second African American judge in state history. [Gov. Sam Brownback appoints first African-American judge in Johnson County – Kansas City Star]

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