Proposal to consider changing Johnson County’s name one of 18 items before Charter Commission

Johnson County name change

Rev. Thomas Johnson, the county's namesake, was a pro-slavery advocate and leader of the “Bogus Legislature” that sought to install Kansas as a slave state before the Civil War. One of 18 proposals submitted by Charter Commission members seeks to have the the Board of County Commissioners "adopt a meaningful process" for potentially changing the county's name. Image via Kansas Historical Society.

A recommendation to consider whether Johnson County should be named after its slave owning namesake is among 18 suggested changes that have been submitted by members of the county Charter Commission for its consideration.

The list of amendments and recommendations also includes some ideas about which county races should be partisan and which should be elected — subjects that have proved controversial among people who have attended the charter commission’s recent public hearings.