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Hannes Zacharias

Robert A. Kipp Professor of Practice in Local Government Management and Urban Policy
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Hannes Zacharias’ career in public service began in 1980 when he served as Associate Director and Chief Grants Officer for the Kansas Arts Commission before becoming Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Lawrence in 1984. He was named the City Administrator for Boonville, Missouri, in 1988, and moved to Hays, Kansas, in 1992 to serve as City Manager for nine years.  He joined the Johnson County’s management team in 2001 as Assistant County Manager and was promoted to Deputy County Manager in January 2005. He later became County Manager and served in that position for 9 years. In that capacity, Mr. Zacharias served as the chief administrative officer, overseeing all operations of Johnson County Government serving over 585,000 residents. He coordinated the delivery of services provided by more than 3,800 employees, and was responsible for preparing and submitting the county’s annual operating and capital budgets totaling more than $1.06 billion.  As County Manager Mr. Zacharias appointed all 19 county department directors and was accountable for organizational performance, achievement and service delivery in the daily operations of Johnson County. He was responsible for implementing policies and directives established by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.