First Ward Councilman
Never doubt that Kevin Johnson's roots run deep in this part of the country. In addition to contributing to life and enhancing the local culture in Portsmouth and Scioto County, he was born and raised in Fairmont, West Virginia. But like a lot of us from and in this region, he had to leave and explore to understand the special nature of our part of the world.
Kevin spent time in the United States Marines during the Viet Nam War period and he is proud of his service and the men and women of the military. He understands both the opportunities and responsibilities that military service offers. It is there he honed his leadership skills, his dedication to improving life for others and developed the personality and humor he displays today.
Before coming to Portsmouth with his partner Paul, Kevin had an active and successful career – both politically and professionally – in Northern California, specifically the San Francisco area. Various executive positions in banking led to involvement in local San Francisco politics. He has worked with all political points of view to be able to achieve the necessary goals needed for his constituency.
Kevin's work for and with people has been recognized by a myriad of organizations throughout the years. For instance a short list includes being named to The Outstanding Young Men of America (1973); Personalities of the South (1976); Men of Achievement (1976); Outstanding Voluntary Service (Crocker National Bank/National Volunteers Service, 1983); American Banking Association Regional Public Speaking, Second Place (1984); Who’s Who in Computer Management (1984); Who’s Who in California (1984, 1992-96…); Certificate of Recognition for Exceptional Community Service (Concerned Republicans for Individual Rights, 1986); Who’s Who in the West (1989); Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America (1992); Outstanding Volunteer Achievement and Golden Apple Award for AIDS education (El Dorado County Volunteer Center, 1993); Ronald Grant Kershaw Award for Meritorious Service (Log Cabin Republicans of San Francisco, 1993); Champion Volunteer Award of Merit for Making a Difference (United Way-Sacramento Area/KCRA-TV3, 1994); Certificate of Appreciation (Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County Board of Directors, 1999); Graduate, Concord Citizens Police Academy (2001); Community Award from City of Concord employees (2001); Service to the Community Award from Contra Costa County Rainbow Community Center (2001); Certificate of Appreciation and Peacemaker Award (The American Legion, Alexander Hamilton Post #448, 2002); Mayoral Proclamation (City of Concord, CA, 2002); Certificate of Honor – “Kevin & Paul Johnson Day” (Board of Supervisors, City and County of San Francisco, 2002); Resolution of accomplishment and achievement (Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County, CA; 2002); Small Business of the Year and Chamber Award for Process Excellence (Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce recognizing The Emporium at Portsmouth; 2003); Leadership Portsmouth graduate (Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 2006); Outstanding Service Award (Main Street Portsmouth, 2012)
Wherever he has lived, Kevin has worked very hard to better the area in which he lived and helping people. He is best known for being partners with Paul Johnson in The Emporium at Portsmouth Antique Mall and continuing his public service by being elected to Portsmouth City Council from 2010 to the present. His commitment to the area and its people goes to the core of who he is and the kind of man he is and has always been.
In his role on City Council he has introduced more legislation approved by city council and voters than any in past decades. This is including change to Council/City Manager form of government. He saved the city money when he eliminated health insurance for members of council, and sought to improve the city's financial base with a better income tax structure. He has championed multiple changes and improvements to the city charter as well as recommending the "No Air Brakes" signage in the city. And in an attempt to have more citizen involvement in public service he helped lower city election residency requirements from five (5) to three (3) years. Kevin was also key in initiating the process leading to a new city seal and founding the Portsmouth Area Bicentennial Committee.
Kevin continues to ably serve the First Ward and the city as a recognized leader on Council and is honored to do so.
Copyright © Kevin W. Johnson.
Kevin W. Johnson