Archive for Thursday, August 13, 2009

Zacharias promoted to county manager

August 13, 2009

Johnson County Commissioners stayed in-house in naming a new county manager.

It was announced Thursday, Hannes Zacharias would be promoted from deputy county manager to the top spot. He will start his new duties Sept. 1.

Zacharias succeeds Mike Press, who retired in May.

De Soto City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle, who worked with Zacharias on the merger of the De Soto Fire Department and Johnson County Rural Fire District No. 3 and other projects, said he was impressed by his knowledge of Johnson County, his people skills and dedication to public service.

“Because of that, I think the county commission made an outstanding choice,” Guilfoyle said. “I think Hannes is going to be serve the county very well and be accessible to De Soto.”

A resident of Lenexa, Zacharias has been with the county eight years. He started in 2001 as assistant county manager before being promoted to deputy county manager in 2005.

“I am thrilled, humbled and greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve as the new county manger. My goal is to build on what is already here — an outstanding Johnson County government, dedicated Johnson County employees to public service, and a great Johnson County community to call home,” Zacharias said.

“There certainly are going to be challenges to meet and obstacles to overcome, but there’s also a lot of opportunities to make Johnson County — as a government and community — better.”

A native of Dodge City, Zacharias earned his undergraduate degree from Wichita State and a master’s in public administration from Kansas University.

Zacharias began his public service in 1980 as associate director and chief grants officer for the Kansas Arts Commission. In 1984, he became an assistant to the city manager of Lawrence.

He was city administrator of Booneville, Mo., from 1988 to 1992, when he became the city manager of Hays.

He and his wife of 21 years, Marcia, have three children, Lydia, Isabel and Kurt.

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