Monday, October 20, 2014

Reception for outgoing county administrator set for Friday

By The Herald Staff | 6/25/2014

Franklin County residents are invited to wish Lisa Johnson, county administrator and counselor, farewell as she prepares to leave for a position at Ottawa University.

A reception is planned for 3 p.m. Friday at the Franklin County Commission Chambers at the Franklin County Annex Building, 1418 S. Main St., Ottawa, to honor Johnson for her 12 years of service.

Franklin County residents are invited to wish Lisa Johnson, county administrator and counselor, farewell as she prepares to leave for a position at Ottawa University.

A reception is planned for 3 p.m. Friday at the Franklin County Commission Chambers at the Franklin County Annex Building, 1418 S. Main St., Ottawa, to honor Johnson for her 12 years of service.

Johnson announced her resignation as county administrator and counselor May 28, having accepted a position as director of governmental, regulatory and legal affairs at OU, effective Tuesday.

Johnson has worked for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners as assistant county attorney from 2001-2005. She then worked as county counselor starting in 2006 and county administrator starting November 2007. Franklin County adopted the administrator form of government in 2006.

She recently has taught as an adjunct professor in OU’s Angell Snyder School of Business and has served on the university’s President’s Council since 2012.

“I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to Ottawa University and to becoming part of this vibrant and diverse organization,” Johnson said. “My family and I are excited for this new opportunity.”

Steve Harris, Franklin County Board of Commissioners chairman, said previously Johnson’s tenure was responsible for several large projects. He said the board and county will miss her.

“Ms. Johnson has been instrumental in the transition to the administrator form of government in Franklin County,” Harris said. “She is responsible for the success of numerous projects including the juvenile justice facility, the HVAC project at our historical courthouse, and the criminal justice center project to name just a few. Ms. Johnson’s talents, abilities, and leadership will be greatly missed and we wish her great success and happiness in her new position.”

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