Warren Johnson, 41, was elected Nov. 5 to fill the Ward 1 seat of outgoing city Councilman Randy Brewer, who decided not to run for a fourth term last year.
“I am very excited about joining the council,” Johnson said Thursday. “At this point, I feel I am in a transition between being an involved citizen to a council member. I am very much looking forward to being sworn in on Jan. 13 and getting more involved.”
Johnson has lived in the city for more than a decade and lives there with his wife, Andi, 11-year-old son, Alexander, and 9-year-old daughter, Abby.
“Thirteen years ago I fell in love with Woodstock and bought a home here. Since then, I have watched it grow from a sleepy town to a thriving city,” Johnson said. “I feel that the decisions made over the next five to 10 years will have a very lasting impact on the quality of life for the citizens. I want to be a part of the decision making process and help ensure Woodstock remains a great place to live for generations to come.”
Leading up to his swearing-in, Johnson said he’s been getting ready for his new role by attending city council meetings, sitting in on executive sessions and reviewing various documents that help guide the council in decision making.
“I spent a day and a half meeting with the city manager and department heads to discuss projects, budgets and time lines. I have visited project sites, fire stations, the police department and waste water treatment plant,” he said.
Johnson said he’s looking forward to learning about the council’s projects, and excited to introduce his own ideas for bettering the city.
“I am looking forward to learning more about the proposed amphitheater and the widening of Towne Lake Parkway and Arnold Mill Road,” he said. “My personal goals for the city are to reduce the debt, continue with responsible growth and reduce traffic congestion. I would also like to work on making a more uniform, visually aesthetic development in the Highway 92 corridor.”
After meeting with the city council members and staff, Johnson said he’s confident he’ll be able to work with his colleagues as a councilman.
“While we may not always agree, I believe everyone will be willing to engage in healthy discussion and consider every opinion when making decisions,” he said.
Johnson works as a certified project manager for ARCADIS U.S. Inc., and said he has experience handling budgets and working with teams for more than 100 projects across multiple states.
His experience in leadership and budget management gives him important skills for the job of a councilman, he said.
“I am responsible for project scopes, budgets and budget forecasting to both my clients and my company,” Johnson said. “I take great pride in delivering an exceptional product to the client on schedule and on budget and I am looking forward to bringing my real-world experience to the council.”