George Johnson seeks Craighead County judgeship

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

George Johnson of 1905 Eldorado Cove, Jonesboro, a lifelong resident of Craighead County, is announcing his candidacy for Craighead County Judge. Mr. Johnson currently serves as the Craighead County Director of Environmental Services and Craighead County Floodplain manager.

George Johnson

Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Cash High School, Arkansas State University, and Black River Law Enforcement Academy. He is a certified law enforcement officer and a certified floodplain manager. He has also worked as a reserve deputy and detention officer for the Craighead County Sheriff's Department.

Mr. Johnson has worked very closely with Craighead County Judge Dale Haas, Sheriff Jack McCann and the Quorum Court to develop programs such as the countywide weekend litter pickup program for juveniles. This program allows juveniles to perform community service in lieu time, providing a service to all citizens of Craighead County. As county floodplain manager, he also works very closely with all county mayors to assist in solving drainage problems as well as other environmental issues.

Issues of importance to Mr. Johnson are continued support of industrial growth in Craighead County and he pledges to work closely with the Greater Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce to recruit and retain industry. Drainage is also a major concern throughout this area and Mr. Johnson will work to develop a long-term drainage program that will benefit this entire area. Public safety is a concern of every citizen in the county and Mr. Johnson pledges to support the Sheriff's Department in their ongoing effort to reduce crime. County roads and bridges will remain a priority for Mr. Johnson as Craighead County Judge.

Mr. Johnson is actively involved with the youth of the area and believes that it is time for the county "to step up to the plate" and become more involved in the development of programs to help youth become responsible citizens as adults. Mr. Johnson believes drugs continue to be a growing problem and citizens must make every effort in the rehabilitation and reduction of drug use among youth.

Mr. Johnson and his wife Frieda have two children and three grandchildren. The Johnsons attend the Apple Hill Church of Christ.

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