Two new members of the Johnson County Commission took the oath of office on Jan. 14, along with two incumbents who won re-election in November.
The new members are former Roeland Park City Council member Becky Fast, representing the 1st District, and Janeé Hanzlick, the former CEO of the SAFEHOME domestic violence agency in Johnson County. She represents the 4th District.
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“We really need a visioning strategic planning process again, because in (the past) 10 years the demand for these services has totally changed,” she said. “Surveys say people want the county to pick up some of the gap.”
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“My sincere thanks to Roeland Park residents, for trusting in me as your representative on the Roeland Park City Council,” Fast said in her resignation letter. “I look forward to representing you in a different capacity as your next District 1 County Commissioner.
Fast was honored after this week’s city council meeting with a plaque and reception.
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Fast, his opponent, said she was galvanized to run after she attended commission meetings and didn’t hear anybody speaking up for issues she believes are paramount, including mental health, senior services and public health.