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Community Leader: Jerry Johnson

Community Leader: Jerry Johnson

-Liesel Schmidt

With a tenure in office that began in 2012, Jerry Johnson has seen a great deal of change to the city of Orange Beach in the last 12 years. 

The University of Alabama graduate obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and worked for Alabama Power (APCO) for 32 years before retiring in 2005. “The leadership positions I worked in helped me determine my leadership style, and I chose to be a servant leader, helping others,” says Johnson. “My philosophy was always to listen and work with people to help them achieve the best for themselves, their families, and APCO.” 

Johnson still uses these leadership principles on the Orange Beach City Council, which he joined in 2012. Having attended Fairhope, Daphne, Gulf Shores, Foley and Orange Beach Council meetings between 2011 and 2012, Johnson recognized a need for new leadership in Orange Beach and started his campaign in March of 2012. He was elected in August of 2012 and has held the position since.

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“I would like to think I brought new leadership to our city—leadership that listens to our residents and continues to support a clean, family-friendly city that stands on the Constitution of our great nation,” says Johnson. “I also think that, to make the Alabama Gulf Coast a true gem, the three cities of Gulf Shores, Foley and Orange Beach must work together seamlessly.

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