|George Schlagel is 2011 chair of Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District|
"One of my goals for this year is to work together with our board, staff, and the County to get a better understanding of our finances; where we are; where we want to go; and how to provide the best product and service for the citizens of Johnson County that we can," said George J. Schlagel of Olathe. "Recessions offer opportunities to compare what the world looks like in boom times with what we are living with today. From that comparison we should be able to see what options exist to capitalize on where the economy is today and where we believe it will be in two to five years from today. Greater use of technology, collaborating with the County and our other strategic partners to provide a better product for less, and capitalizing on the down real estate market are options that deserve our attention."
Schlagel is a senior member of the Olathe law firm of Schlagel & Kinzer LLC and has been practicing law since he received his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1974. In addition, he holds a bachelor's degree in business, also from KU. He is an accredited estate planner and a past president and 34-year member of the Olathe Area Chamber of Commerce.
A fourth-generation resident of Johnson County, he and his wife, Gale, are the parents of three grown children. Among his current community involvements, Schlagel is a member of the Urban Land Institute, and a board member and secretary for Retrouvaille of Kansas City, Inc., an organization working with couples in troubled marriages.
He is a former chairman of the local United Way and long-time member of the Olathe Noon Rotary Club, where he is a board member, past president, a two-time Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Bequest Society. He has served on several Johnson County government committees, including the 1986 committee which successfully promoted the 1986 passage of a mill levy increase to help fund the streamway parks system, and he has served as legal council for the Spring Hill and Olathe Township zoning boards.
Schlagel has served as the sixth district's at-large representative to the JCPRD board since November 2006 and is currently board liaison to The Theatre in the Park Theatre Advisory Council.
Other 2011 Officers
Other Board officers for 2011 elected during the board’s Dec. 15 meeting are: Nancy Wallerstein, vice chair; Steven L. Baru, secretary; William Flohrs, treasurer; R. Eric Hughes, assistant secretary; and John P. Miller, assistant treasurer.