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Butler County

Butler County

Butler County, Kansas's largest county is mostly rolling grass-covered hills with broad river valleys winding through them. The county was founded in 1855 and contains 1,428 sq miles. Petroleum production, refining, farming, ranching, manufacturing, and the newest state correctional facility help to diversify the economy.

Butler County is named for Sen. Andrew Pickens Butler of South Carolina. Since the early days the regional economy has been focused on farming and ranching. This would change when, in the fall of 1915, a cable tool-drilling rig owned by Wichita Natural Gas began to drill an oil well. At 670 feet oil was discovered and the black gold rush was on.

In 2004, the population for Butler County was 61,828.  There are 13 cities, 29 townships, and 9 school districts.  El Dorado is the county seat.

Butler County has approximately 1,438 square miles. Butler County is conveniently situated on major state highways US-54 & US 77, plus four entrances to the Kansas Turnpike and Interstate-35: the nationally recognized NAFTA highway.  There is 406.1 miles of county roads.   Of those 406.1 miles, 357.1 are paved.   There are 433 Butler County bridges.

The airports of Augusta, Benton and El Dorado serve Butler County’s general aviation community. These facilities can handle most small business aircraft. Large business jets can use Jabara Airport and commercial airport service is available 30 minutes away at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

A board of five elected county commissioners governs Butler County. Each commissioner is elected to a four-term. Commission meetings are held every week at 9:00 a.m. on Mondays an Tuesdays.   The commission appoints the county administrator to carry out county policies.

Other elected officers include the County Attorney, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, County Sheriff, and County Treasurer.

Butler County ranks 4th in the state in 2003 for the number of farms and farm acres. The county had 1,310 farms and 697,000 acres in production in 2003. Agriculture continues to be a major resource for Butler County.

In 2000, Butler County had a labor force of 29,271 with an unemployment rate of 2.4%. The labor force average for Kansas’s counties in 2000 was 13,438. 

Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick counties are considered to be one MSA. Total employment in the MSA continues to grow at a strong pace. This growth has been widespread--not limited to just one industry. Butler County has enjoyed being a part of this growth and has diversified its county economy over the past years. Some types of industry located in Butler County are:  Oil, Refining, Aviation, Machine Shops, Plastics, Farming, Ranching, Paint & Coating Companies, Railroad Repair, Fertilizer Mfg., Aluminum Windows, Woodworking Shops, Steel Pole Mfg., Lawn Mower Mfg., Specialty Automotive, Petroleum Tank Farms and other manufacturers.


Butler County offers employees:

  • Medical Plan – AETNA Network.  Single and Family plans available.  Deductible and co-pays apply.
  • Prescription Drug Plan – Maxorplus Network.  Co-pays apply.
  • Dental Plan – employees participate in Delta Dental of Kansas.  Co-pays apply.
  • Vision – employees participate in Vision Care Direct. Co-pays apply.
  • Life Insurance – employees are entitled to a $10,000 Life Insurance with Companion Life.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – employees participate in Health Care and Dependent Care reimbursement accounts.
  • YMCA Discount
  • Butler County Employee’s Association


Employees become members of Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) after 1 year.

  • KPERS Life – KPERS provides life insurance equal to 150% of a member’s annual salary.
  • KPERS Group Optional Life Insurance – employees participate in term life insurance up to $250,000.

Employees accrue 10 and 20 days of vacation per year depending upon their length of service and 8 hours of sick leave per month. Butler County employees enjoy 10 paid holidays as established by the Board of Butler County Commissioners.

Tuitition Reimbursement

Butler County offers eligible employees a tuition reimbursement program

Employee Assistance Program

Various referral and counseling services are available for employees and their families.

Butler County is Proud to Be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Conditions of Employment

In general, Butler County prohibits the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.  Immediate family and family of the employee’s spouse shall be considered husband, wife, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, father, father-in-law, grandchildren, grandparents and grandparents-in-law.

Butler County is committed to a Drug-Free Workplace. We conduct pre-employment drug and post-offer testing.   Applicants, who refuse to be tested, test positive, or tamper with the test will not be eligible for employment. Completion of an application does not constitute an employment contract or an offer of employment. Employment with Butler County is considered “At-Will”. Employees are subject to all Butler County Policies and Procedures.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

It is the policy of Butler County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application, interview, or pre-employment testing process should be notify Melissa Riley, Director of Human Resources 316-322-4324.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about employment with Butler County other than job openings, which are listed through this site, please contact:

Melissa Riley
Director of Human Resources
205 W. Central, 4th Floor
El Dorado, KS  67042