Russell County Public Works

Russell, Kansas

Public Works Notifications

Household Hazardous Waste –
Apr. 28 & Sept. 22, 2018


All Russell County Public Works Deparment offices, including the Landfill, will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day. Have a safe holiday!


Russell County is accepting applications for the full-time position of the Public Works Director. The Public Works Director is responsible for the operations of the Public Works Department, including the Road & Bridge operations, and the Landfill and Solid Waste Department.

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSE, REGISTRATION: Commercial Driver’s License or be able to obtain one if hired.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: High School diploma or GED is required. Post high school technical training along with the knowledge and experience of Public Works management, landfill and solid waste management. Five years of progressive experience in public works along with supervisory experience is preferred.

BENEFITS: BC/BS health insurance which includes health, dental, vision along with prescription coverage, paid vacation and sick time along with paid holidays, KPERS retirement and competitive wages which are negotiable based on experience.

A job application can be picked up at the Russell County Clerk’s Office at 401 N. Main, Russell, KS 67665 or you may visit the Russell County website at for an application under the All About Russell County tab and then job openings section. This position will remain open until filled. Resumes and applications are to be sent to Russell County Administrator John R. Fletcher, P.O. Box 113, Russell, Kansas 67665.  Any questions call 785-483-6226 or e-mail him at  Russell County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and the position is subject to pre-employment drug screening.


Russell County Highway Dept. is accepting applications for a full-time Equipment Operator II position.  Job duties to include truck driving and operation of heavy equipment. Candidate must have or be able to obtain a Class A w/air brakes CDL. Position is subject to pre-employment drug test. EOE. Job description and application may be obtained at Russell County Highway Dept., 4288 U.S. Hwy 40, Russell, KS, or by calling (785) 483-4032, or click to download application Position open until filled.

County Noxious Weed Department

The Russell County Noxious Weed Department enforces the State Noxious Weed Law within the county boundaries. This is accomplished by investigating complaints concerning noxious weeds and inspecting farm and pasture ground. The department also provides information and materials to help control and eradicate noxious weeds. We provide herbicides at our cost. During the growing season the department sprays all county properties, some township roads, and for KDOT under contract for weed control. Assistance for agricultural landowners with treatment recommendations of noxious weed control is also provided. The department is required to submit an Annual Report to Kansas Department of Agriculture. Winter months are spent maintaining equipment, compiling reports, continuing education, and snow removal on some county properties.


Chemicals available at the Noxious Weed Office are for the treatment of noxious weeds only. All sales are final. When purchasing chemicals at the weed office, please supply the name of the owner, operator, applicator, legal description of the land, name of weed to be treated, the chemical to be used, and the amount of acres to be treated.

Chemicals Available
  • 2-4-D Amine 4#
  • 2-4-D LV ester 4#
  • Tordon 22K (Picloram) Restricted Use Chemical. Must have a current Pesticide Applicators Certificate to pick up restricted use chemicals!
  • Dicamba
  • Escort
  • Milestone
  • Oust XP (for Johnson Grass)
  • Pastureguard (for Sericea Lespedeza)
  • Plateau (for Johnson Grass)
  • Remedy (for Sericea Lespedeza only)
  • Glyphosate (Roundup)

Noxious Weed Resources

Kansas Noxious Weeds
Musk Thistle Field Bindweed Canada Thistle
Leafy Spurge Russian Knapweed Kudzu
Bur Ragweed Quackgrass Sericea Lespedeza
Pignut Johnson Grass Hoary Grass

Russell County Noxious Weed Department
The Kansas Noxious Weed Law, KSA, Chapter 2, Article 13, requires all persons who own or supervise land in Kansas to control the spread of and to eradicate all weeds declared by legislative action to be noxious. Copies of the State Weed Law are available at the Noxious Weed Office.

KSA 2-1330 Entry upon and Inspection of property.
County commissioners, township boards, city officals and state, county, and city weed supervisors shall have at all reasonable times, free access to enter upon premises and to inspect property, both real and personal, regardless of location, in connection with the administration of the state weed law.

Informational Links

Employment Opportunities

Russell County Public Works will post open positions through this website, Russell County News, and Lucas-Sylvan News.

All positions require pre-employment drug screenings and random drug testing.

Click for Application Form
After the form opens you need to download the file to your computer or device. After opening the downloaded file the form will have boxes to fill in your information. Following the forms completion use the submit button to send to Russell County Public Works.

Business Hours

Winter Hours
Monday thru Friday
7:30 AM until 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM until 4:00 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Closed on County observed Holidays

Summer Hours
Monday thru Friday
7:00 AM until 12:00 PM & 12:30 PM until 3:30 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Closed on County observed Holidays

Contact Information

Kenton Ellis, Noxious Weed Director
Jennifer Buzzell, Secretary
Conner Schinkus, Sprayer/Mechanic

Russell County Noxious Weed Department
205 S. Front St.
Russell, KS 67665
Phone: (785) 483-4661
Fax: (785) 483-3153

Noxious Weed Department Email Form