Johnson County's 2014 Year In Review: January-March

Over the next few days we will be taking a look back at the top stories of 2014 that happened in Johnson County.

Today we will focus on the first quarter of the year, from January through March of 2014.

In January, the Buffalo Downtown Association announced it had hired a new director, Jennifer Haskins, to run the organization.
Preserving, improving and growing Buffalo's downtown and its core businesses is the vision of the Buffalo Downtown Association, and Haskins said her reason for taking the job is a desire to help businesses and the community as a whole.

In a January release from the Johnson County Attorney's office, they reported that on December 19, 2013, a Johnson County Jury found Michael Allan Lindstrom, 32, guilty of multiple sex crimes against children and other offenses.
In February, District Judge William J. Edelman sentenced Lindstrom to two consecutive sentences of life without the possibility of parole followed by a consecutive sentence of 40 to 50 years in prison.

Former Johnson County School District One Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler announced at a January school board meeting that he would be retiring at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
Kessler had 35 years in education, 16 years as the superintendent for the Johnson County School District, and had overseen construction of four new schools during his tenure.

Johnson County has gained nearly $612 million in valuation and will receive nearly $5.5 million in back taxes and interest, due to audits on oil and gas companies performed by the County Assessor's office during 2013.
The audits were conducted on personal property reports from 2008 through 2013.
Assessor Cindy Rogers gave a brief report to the county commissioners in February, saying her office took inventory of on-site equipment and other assets and compared those numbers to what has been reported to her office.
She said the companies have been cooperative and eager to correct the discrepancies.

Johnson County School District One Board of Trustees chose to make an offer to Gerry Chase, then the Superintendent of Sublette County School District #9, to take over the JCSD1 Superintendent position.
The Board made the decision to extend the offer after a lengthy executive session at their meeting March 31st.
School Board Chair Rich Hall made a phone call to Chase during the executive session Monday night, informing him of the board's decision. Chase tentatively accepted the position.
Chase was the unanimous choice of the school board.

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