Kansas Counties Celebrate Kansas County Government Month & 10th Anniversary Dedication of Kansas Counties Floor Map

Kansas Counties Celebrate Kansas County Government Month and 10th Anniversary Dedication of Kansas Counties Floor Map

Topeka, Kan. (3.27.2024) – Earlier today, the Kansas Association of Counties (KAC) and Kansas County government staff celebrated two important recognitions at the Kansas Capitol. On March 27, 2024, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed an Official Proclamation declaring the month of April 2024 as Kansas County Government Month (KCGM), a month-long statewide celebration to recognize the importance of the work that county government provides in serving their communities and residents.

KAC and Kansas Counties commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the Kansas Counties Floor Map, the inlaid marble floor map located near the Kansas Visitors Center in the Kansas State Capitol. In 2012-2013, all 105 Kansas Counties provided $1,000 in funding to add their county’s name to the $105,000 state map project. The Kansas Counties Map was dedicated in 2014, along with the multi-year preservation and restoration project of the Kansas State Capitol.

KAC, in partnership with our Kansas Counties, will celebrate Kansas County Government Month throughout the month of April, to spotlight Kansas Counties and their role in making life better for every single resident, and in contributing to the intergovernmental partnership that makes effective governing possible. The theme for this year’s KCGM celebration is FORWARDTogether!” ForwardTogether is about connecting, inspiring and leading – all pillars of county government that build trust and drive towards solutions.

“Kansas County government employees serve nearly three million Kansans. These county employees are instrumental in providing important programs and services daily to help keep Kansans healthy, safe, and informed,” stated Bruce Chladny, KAC Executive Director. “I encourage all Kansans to participate in Kansas County Government Month outreach events to learn how all 105 Kansas Counties assist you and your loved ones each and every day.”

KAC is kicking off the month-long celebration in conjunction with National County Government Month (NCGM), an annual campaign hosted by the National Association of Counties (NACo). Since 1991, the National Association of Counties has encouraged the 3,069 counties across the country to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government.

“Here in Butler County, we are proud of the programs and services we provide to our residents on an ongoing basis,” shared Frank Williams, KAC President and Chief - Butler County EMS/Rescue Squad. “Just like many Kansas Counties, our county employees’ efforts and teamwork help make our county into a great place to work, but more importantly, a wonderful place to call home and raise a family. We want to recognize the actions and duties of approximately 408 Butler County employees, as well as all county government employees across Kansas, throughout April.”

KCGM statewide activities include social media presence throughout the entire month to highlight effective county programs, introduce county employees, and raise public awareness and an understanding about the diverse programs and services provided across Kansas Counties. To follow Kansas County Government Month activities, events and informational posts from Kansas Counties throughout the month, be sure to visit KAC’s Facebook page, Instagram feed, and X (Twitter) feed.

You can find Kanas County information in the Kansas County Government Overview Profile here.

You can find a copy of the 2024 Kansas County Government Month Proclamation here.

You can find a photo of the Kansas Counties Floor Map in the Kansas Capitol here.

The Kansas Association of Counties is a quasi-public agency, which seeks to advance the public interest by promoting effective, responsive county government in Kansas. Founded in 1975, as an instrumentality of its member counties, KAC serves county governments through: legislative representation, technical assistance, leadership, and professional education.