Kansas Counties to Celebrate Kansas County Government Month



April 8, 2021

News Contact: Kimberly Qualls, (785) 213-4717 or qualls@kansascounties.org

Kansas Counties to Celebrate Kansas County Government Month


Topeka, Kan. - The Kansas Association of Counties (KAC), in partnership with all 105 Kansas Counties, will celebrate Kansas County Government Month (KCGM) during the month of April, to showcase how counties achieve healthy, safe, and vibrant communities.

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. 

“The vital efforts of all our counties across Kansas are helping our communities respond to public health needs,” stated Bruce Chladny, KAC Executive Director. “I encourage all Kansans to participate in Kansas County Government Month outreach events to learn how our Kansas counties assist you and your loved ones each and every day.”

“Cowley County is proud of the programs and services we provide to our residents on a daily basis,” shared Brian Stone, Cowley County Emergency Management Director and KAC Board Member. “Our efforts and teamwork with other governing bodies help mold our County into a great place to call home and raise our families. We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the actions and duties of our 187 county employees during April.”


The theme for this year’s Kansas celebration “Kansas Counties Matter” demonstrates how counties help to improve Kansans lives each day, especially for local government workers who have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic for the last year. 

“When people think of county government, most think of law enforcement, road and bridge work, elections or property value evaluations. Counties are that and much more,” stated G.A. ‘Chip’ Westfall, KAC President and Harvey County Commissioner. “During this past year, county departments came together working tirelessly behind the scenes taking 911 calls, maintaining communications and infrastructure equipment, providing workforce development, coordinating food distributions, and lots more. 2020 shows how counties collaborated via an integrated county network to effectively navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Featured KCGM statewide activities include KAC and Kansas County specific events to include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Social media presence throughout the entire month to highlight effective county programs and raise public awareness and an understanding about the various services and products provided across Kansas counties.
  • Microburst event on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 10-11 a.m. CT to introduce #KansasCountiesMatter across Kansas. KAC and Kansas Counties will participate in the Microburst event by utilizing social media focused on the theme: #KansasCountiesMatter to create a presence it deserves and drive attention to the importance of Kansas County Government Month.   
  • Saline County is showcasing the “faces” of their county employees through “Employee Spotlight” posts on the county Facebook page
  • Franklin County is featuring important information about every county department on their county Facebook page. 

To follow Kansas County Government Month activities, events and informational posts from all across our Kansas Counties throughout April, be sure to visit KAC’s Facebook page and Twitter feed (search hashtag #KansasCountiesMatter).

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.