Hayden sworn in as new Johnson County Sheriff. Former Johnson County Commissioner and Sheriff’s Department deputy Calvin Hayden this week was sworn in as Johnson County’s 28th sheriff. Hayden succeeds Frank Denning, who retired after three terms in office. Hayden defeated Dennis Hammer and John Resman in the November election for the position.
Billy Sims barbecue coming to northern Overland Park in March. Billy Sims Barbecue, the namesake restaurant of the former Detroit Lions running back, will open a new location in Regency Park at 92nd Street and Metcalf Avenue in March. The restaurant, which features barbecued meat classics like brisket, pulled pork and chicken as dinner plates and sandwiches, will take over the space previously occupied by Pei Wei Asian Diner, which closed this past fall. [Billy Sims Barbecue opening soon in Overland Park — Kansas City Star]
Westwood council votes to keep city elections non-partisan. The Westwood City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to keep its city-level elections non-partisan. The move comes after a recommendation from the League of Kansas Municipalities following the Kansas legislature’s move to mandate that all city-level elections be held in November. Mission also formally established its elections as non-partisan this month.
NEJC city offices closed for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. City offices throughout northeast Johnson County will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.