Ford County

Ford County was named in honor of Col. James H. Ford of the Second Colorado cavalry and is located in the southwestern part of the state. It is in the second tier of counties north of the line dividing Kansas from Oklahoma, and the fifth county east from the Colorado state line. It is bounded on the north by Hodgeman county, east by Edwards and Kiowa, south by Clark and Meade and west by Gray, and has an area of 1,080 square miles.

Mission: The Mission of Ford County Government is to build on our heritage, prepare for the future, and provide quality services to our citizens


New Home Sought for Mulberry Creek Bridge

Ford County, Kansas is planning to replace the Mulberry Creek Bridge located on Valley Road between 122 Road and 123 Road southwest of Ford, Kansas. This bridge has been determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge was originally constructed around 1906 by the Kansas City Bridge Company. The 2-span Pratt through truss bridge is approx. 176 feet long and 20 feet wide with a 14 foot clearance. Each span is approx. 85 feet in length.

Ford County is seeking proposals for adaptive reuse of the bridge at a new location, to anyone willing to move, re-erect, maintain, and assume financial and legal responsibility for the bridge. Funds in the amount of $15,000 will be made available to help with covering the cost of moving the bridge to its new location once the relocation is approved by the KS State Historic Preservation Office. All proposals must be received at the Ford County Government Center, Attn: County Administrator, 100 Gunsmoke, Dodge City, KS 67801 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the closing date of Friday, July 29, 2013. Proposals may be hand delivered or mailed; however, proposals received after July 29, 2013 will be rejected even if postmarked on or before July 29, 2013. Ford County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and either re-let or cancel the procurement without liability to potential recipients. The successful bidder will be required to have either bonded or have liability insurance in an amount not less than $1million. The county has to be listed as an additional insured on the liability policy. Proposals shall detail the relocation plan, including the time period for moving the bridge which shall not exceed 90 calendar days from the date the selected proposal is awarded by the Board of County Commissioners. The proposed location and use of the bridge may be subject to approval by the KS State Historic Preservation Office.

For additional information, please contact Ed Elam, Ford County Administrator at 620-227-4670 or [email protected].


June 20, 2013

Edward Elam, Ford County Emergency Manager
100 Gunsmoke
Dodge City, KS 67801
(620) 227-4670

July 4th Fireworks Safety Starts with Common Sense Tips
Fireworks on the Fourth of July are an American tradition that many people look forward to each year. Even though fireworks are safer today than ever before it is still important to follow a few common sense rules and take some basic safety steps before, during and after discharging fireworks. Fireworks such as M-80s and bottle rockets, or other fireworks that are mounted on a stick or wire, are illegal in the state of Kansas.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety and the Kansas Firework Association strongly encourage you to remember these common sense safety tips for using consumer fireworks this season:
• Buy from reliable sellers
• Never experiment or make your own fireworks
• Always read and follow label directions
• Fireworks should only be used outdoors
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix
• Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens when they are using fireworks
• Young children should not be allowed to handle or use fireworks
• Always have a hose and a bucket of water ready when you are shooting fireworks
• Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks
• Light only one firework at a time
• Never throw or point fireworks at other people
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
• Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water)
• Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
• If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
Additional safety tips for using sparklers:
• Always remain standing while using sparklers.
• Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
• Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
• Never throw sparklers.
• Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
• Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.

Make this 4th of July Celebration safe for all concerned. Do not set off fireworks in the County. By following these basic safety steps and laws you can prevent firework related accidents and injuries. For more information about firework safety visit

American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

We’re one week away from American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Plan to be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes by taking our Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test and sharing it with everyone you know.

For each test taken between March 26 and April 9, Boar's Head will donate $5, up to $50,000, toward stopping diabetes:


We hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! The Ford County Government Center will be open normal hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) the rest of this week.

Ford County's cover photo

Ford County's cover photo

What’s cooking with DiabetesOctober 22, 20126:00-8:00 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe323...
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

What’s cooking with Diabetes
October 22, 2012
6:00-8:00 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe
3231 N. 14th St.
Dodge City, KS 67801

Presented by Ethel Schneweis, extension agent, and Kathy Smith, ARNP, CDE
Seminars are available in English or Spanish.
For more information or to register please call (620) 227-4542 or go online

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is the largest health insurer in the state of Kansas. We offer innovative Kansas health insurance coverage, caring customer service, and a full range of health and wellness initiatives for individuals and businesses.


Mark your calendars for the Z98 Kid's Safety Day on September 15, 2012! 10am-3pm at the Dodge City Civic Center.
Dodge City Kid's Safety Day.


In Office (Advanced) Voting that was scheduled to begin today has been delayed and will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Monday, July 23rd, 2012


Ford County offices are open normal hours today (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). We will be closed on Monday, May 28th. We hope everyone has a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend.




FORD COUNTY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!! Applications accepted until Friday, March 30, 2012.
Under the supervision of the Ford County Administrator, the Budget and Finance Coordinator oversees required report filings including annual and quarterly reports, forms, and correspondence by ensuring accuracy of data presented and is responsible for coordinating staff activities in the areas of purchasing and financial accounting along with budgeting and data processing. This person is responsible for administering policies as they relate to accounting, budgeting and purchasing and will also assist in frontline customer service including receiving and redirecting requests for information and service both in person and by telephone. Wage is dependent on qualifications. EEOC Check out our website for more employment opportunities.


Public ICE Skating Returns to United Wireless Arena!
ICE is open for public skating the following dates and Times through October:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 4pm – 9:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays Noon – 9:30pm

TUESDAYS Public Skating 4p- 5:30pm ONLY

The HPYHA is affiliated with the Mid West Amateur Hockey Association (MWAHA), the regional body of USA Hockey, the governing body of amateur and youth hockey in the United States.


We would like to give a big THANK YOU to Nicki Webster for her 10 years of service at the Ford County Health Department!


Flu season is approaching so get your flu shot now! The Ford County Health Department has flu shots available for $25.00. Private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are all excepted.


This fall, students in schools across the country will be able to learn about county government through an online game and curriculum that NACo created in partnership with iCivics, Inc.
The game, “Counties Work,” will educate students, grades 6 -12, about the important role & functions of county government by letting them run their own county. A curriculum & webquest has also been developed to assist teachers with preparing lessons on county government. While playing the game, a student will be a county official responsible for providing services, dealing with citizen requests, setting and raising revenues, and working within a budget. Along the way, students will learn about the various services provided by county departments while having to make tough decisions.

The Ford County Sheriff's Office is offering the FACT program.The FACT program promotes vehicle safety for all age group...
Contact FACT - Ford County, KS

The Ford County Sheriff's Office is offering the FACT program.
The FACT program promotes vehicle safety for all age groups by teaching the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving. The FACT program also demontrates the proper way to install a child safety seat. To schedule a visit for your school or organization please contact Eric Fisher at (620) 227-4501 or visit our website.

* FACT program visits schools and other organizations teaching kids about the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving


KDOT expects a resurfacing project on US-283 in Ford County to start by Wednesday, September 21, weather permitting. The project runs from the US-50/56/283 junction east of Dodge City, north to the Ford/Hodgeman county line. Work should be completed by mid-October, depending on weather.


3.34" of precipitation has been officially recorded at Dodge City Regional Airport since January 1 this year. According to xmACIS database records dating back to 1875, this is the 2nd driest first 6 months of any calendar year on record for Dodge City (subject to final in-house climate data verification).

This week is National Flag Week.  Please take a moment to read the Presidential Proclamation.
Presidential Proclamation--Flag Day and National Flag Week | The White House

This week is National Flag Week. Please take a moment to read the Presidential Proclamation. is the official web site for the White House and President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. This site is a source for information about the President, White House news and policies, White House history, and the federal government.

Earlier this week the County Commissioners approved a proposal to transfer a conditional use permit & development plan f...

Earlier this week the County Commissioners approved a proposal to transfer a conditional use permit & development plan for the wind farm to Ironwood Windpower (a subsidiary of Duke Energy Generation Services). The wind farm will be located south and east of Spearville.


We encourage the community to come and check out all the vehicles on display in downtown Dodge City from 5:30-7:00 pm!
Everyone is invited to come downtown and check out the cars. There will be around 50 cars on display in the downtown parking lot on Wyatt Earp (near the El Capitan statue).


Governor Sam Brownback will be at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City at 10 a.m. today to announce the KDOT projects for Northwest and Southwest Kansas. These projects are funded under the state’s transportation program T-WORKS that was passed by the 2010 Legislature.


The next BoCC meeting with be on Monday, June 6th from 4:30p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ford County Government Center.


The Motor Vehicle Tags Express Renewal Station is open today on the 1st floor of the Government Center. Payment by CHECK ONLY and you will need to have a current Insurance Card for each vehicle and renewal notice or License Plate Number. All other forms of payment or payment of taxes may be done in the Motor Vehicle office on the 3rd floor of the Government Center.


ROAD CLOSED: 111 Road from Garnett north to Foothill will be closed while a bridge crew is in the process of replacing an old steel broiler and concrete walls with two 66” corrugated metal pipes. They will then drive piling around the pipes with steel sheet piling for the wall and wings before the dirt crew finishes dirt work around the structure and shape the ditches and shoulders.

We want to remind residents of Ford County that there is a FREE Prescription Discount Card available to assist with pres...
CVS Caremark

We want to remind residents of Ford County that there is a FREE Prescription Discount Card available to assist with prescription medications not covered by insurance. This is not insurance. There are no enrollment forms or membership fees and limits on the number of times you use the card.

How it WorksIt's easy! Simply present your card, provided to you in a joint effort of your local county government and the National Association of Counties (NACo), at a retail participating pharmacy and save an average of 24% on your prescription drugs. No enrollment form, no membership fee.

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Our offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2011 for Memorial Day.

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100 Gunsmoke St
Dodge City, KS

General information

Ford County has a lot to offer including parts of the original Santa Fe, the first state-owned casino, United Wireless Arena, Dodge City Race Park, Horse Thief Reservior and many historic sites including Boot Hill.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00


(620) 227-4670


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