Willa Johnson

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County Commissioner Willa Johnson 

After serving 14 years representing Ward 7 on the Oklahoma City Council, Willa Johnson was elected Oklahoma County Commissioner for District 1, then re-elected in Nov 2010 and Nov 2014.  Her district stretches from far Northeastern Oklahoma County to just west of Downtown Oklahoma City and includes all or part of the communities of Del City, Forrest Park, Jones, Lake Aluma, Luther, Midwest City, Oklahoma City and Spencer.

In addition to being responsible for roads and bridges, Commissioners serve as the governing board of most county functions.  Further, they serve on the County Budget Board.

The partnership between Oklahoma County and Tinker Air Force Base is long standing and deep.  The latest joint venture resulted in converting the GM Plant into the Tinker Aerospace Complex.

Commissioner Johnson has many accomplishments during her nearly two decades of public service.  She was the first African American woman elected to the Oklahoma City Council, Ward 7, where she focused on economic development and improving the quality of life.  She founded First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City.  She was inducted into the African-American Hall of Fame, received an Honorary Doctorate from Oklahoma City University.  Some of Commissioner Johnson’s biggest recognitions of honor came as a result of the Oklahoma History Center placing her portrait among other African Americans of stature in its museum.  For a more exhaustive list of current and past position see below.

Willa‘s commitment to commemorating African Americans in the history of our community led to her renaming five streets, providing historical plaques in the Deep Deuce area and placing Edwards Addition on the National Register of Historic Places.  This is the only African American area in the City so designated.

Commissioner Johnson is a member of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church and has 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

 

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