Osage County is home to well over 17,000 Kansans, and stretches across well over 700 square miles of Kansas prairie. The county seat is Lyndon, and it’s most populous city is Osage City. The county, along with Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, and Wabaunsee counties is included in the Topeka, Kansas, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Osage County features many attractions. It is the only county in the United States that has two federal reservoirs, Lake Pomona and Lake Melvern. During the warmer months, many people visit the lakes and enjoy activities such as fishing, water skiing, swimming, and camping. For those looking to further their education, Osage County offers an outreach campus for Allen Community College located in Burlingame.
Historical attractions include The Lyndon Carnegie Library which is believed to be the smallest Carnegie Library in the United States, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to regular library services, the library is also home to the Osage County Genealogical Society and houses numerous genealogical materials. In 2000, Osage City received a Transportation Enhancement Project Grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation to rehabilitate and restore its historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot. Located at the corner of 5th and Market, in Osage City, KS, the restored depot is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Burlingame Schuyler Museum is housed in the old Schuyler School. The school was built it 1902 and occupies the site of the former Osage County Court House, where the first legal hanging in Kansas occurred.
Osage County was created by the first territorial legislature in 1855, and was originally named Weller County for Congressman John B. Weller of Ohio who was later governor of California. In 1859, when the county was officially organized, it was renamed for the Osage River which flows through it. At that time all that consisted of Osage County was a small strip of land two and a half miles deep. However, that strip was as wide as present day Osage County. The rest of the county was Sac and Fox Indian land. In 1860 the boundaries were changed when Shawnee County gave up the southernmost nine miles to Osage County, and Osage county surrendered its southernmost four miles to Coffey County. To this day, these are the boundaries for the counties. The Santa Fe Trail traverses the county from east to west and was instrumental in settlement of the county. When coal was discovered near Carbondale around 1860 it influenced the development and route of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad. Mining coal greatly stimulated the growth and development of the county. By 1871, the coalfields of Osage County became the leading center for coal mined and men employed west of the Mississippi.
EMPLOYMENT & BENEFITS
Thank you for your interest in employment with Osage County.
Completion of an employment application does not constitute an offer of employment nor is a completed application considered a contract of employment. Employment with Osage County is considered to be “at will”.
Any misrepresentation or omission of information on the employment application may result in the rejection of the application, or in dismissal from employment.
- Health Insurance – includes medical, dental, AFLAC Cancer, and prescription benefits. Osage County will pay the full premium for single coverage for all regular full time employees.
- Optional Plans:
- Vision Insurance
- Intensive care insurance
- Disability insurance
- Accident insurance
- Life insurance
- Deferred compensation
- Cafeteria Plan:
- Eligible premium expenses
- Vacation Leave: Employees accrue 4 hours a month the first year increasing to 8 hours after the first year of employment
- Paid Sick Leave: Employees accrue 8 hours per month
- Paid Personal Leave: Employees receive one paid personal leave day each year
- Paid Holidays: Designated annually by the Board of County Commissioners
- KPERS Retirement Program
- Direct Deposit: Will be mandatory for all Osage County Employees beginning July 1, 2011
Osage County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Stacy Berry, RMA