Retiring Johnson County Manager Press honored
Johnson County Manager Michael B. Press was honored Thursday, Dec. 4, with a Career Achievement Award by the Kansas Association of City-County Management.
He received the award from KACM Secretary Catherine Holdeman, assistant city manager of Wichita, during the state organization’s 2008 Fall Conference in Wichita. The award was established in 2000 and is intended to recognize those professional local government managers and administrators who are retiring from the profession.
Press has announced his plans to retire from Johnson County Government on April 1, 2009, ending a career spanning more than 32 years, including serving as the county’s top manager for almost a decade.
He began his career with County Government in 1976 as a paramedic with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) known as Johnson County Medical Action, or Med-Act. In 1980, he was promoted to director of Med-Act and served until May 1999 when he was selected interim county administrator by the Board of County Commissioners. Press was named county administrator in April 2000. The position was changed to County Manager by the Board in December 2001 under the county’s new Home Rule Charter.
Press received the “Public Administrator of the Year” in 2004 by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, the Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association’s “EMS Administrator of the Year Award” in 1998, and the “Administrator of the Year Award” by the Mid-America Regional Council in 1981.
He and his wife, Carol, who retired in 2006, have one son, Daniel. The couple recently moved to Olathe from Overland Park.