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12/11/2013 6:02:00 AM
Johnson hopes to boost Mohave County's state, national profile
Buster Johnson
Buster Johnson

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson, District 3, has been named president of the Arizona Association of Counties for 2014.

Johnson is the first supervisor from Mohave County to hold the office in the association's 45-year history. The AACo, founded in 1968 and headquartered in Phoenix, is the only statewide organization that represents all county officials and the 15 county governments they serve in Arizona.

"Having someone from Mohave County as president of the association gives us more visibility and credibility statewide," said Johnson. "It means that our county is recognized as having the ability to work with other counties on important issues. Any time one of our people is put in a leadership position on the state level, that's a positive thing for us."

The AACo provides webinar and in-house training for county leaders, cost savings and benefit programs for counties, state and federal advocacy programs, legislative reviews and other services for members. The association consists of 10 elected offices, 15 executive board members, three vice presidents and the president. Johnson served as a vice president for three years before being named president.

Jen Sweeney Marson, executive director of the AACo, said Johnson will be a great addition to the list of leaders who have guided the association over the years. Marson said Johnson's experience and expertise, especially in cyber security, where he serves as vice chairman of the National Association of Counties' Cyber Security Task Force, will provide advantages for the state association.

"As a leader from Mohave County, Supervisor Johnson represents a corner of the state that too often doesn't have a loud voice in Arizona affairs," said Marson. "I know he will change that. Also, the supervisor's background in land use issues will help us articulate a more comprehensive vision there. The same goes for cyber security, where he brings an informed perspective to an issue that is absolutely vital to Arizona."

Johnson, who served in the U.S. Army, is a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy and a retired private business owner. He is serving his fifth term as a supervisor.

Johnson is chairman of the Quadstate Local Government Authority, a joint authority established between Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. He also is co-chairman of the Arizona/Utah Economic Development Coalition.

Johnson is former president of the local International Footprint Association Chapter 75, a law enforcement support group, as well as grand president of the International Footprint Association.

He is past president of the Mohave County Municipal Property Corp. and former vice chairman of the Workforce Investment Act Board in Mohave and La Paz counties.

During the upcoming year, Johnson's goals are to set legislative priorities for the association that focus on helping the counties with the issues facing them.

Johnson said Arizona legislators have a knack for creating laws that undermine the counties, from taking away their Highway User Revenue Funds for repairing roads and using them to fund state agencies to requiring county payments to the Sexually Violent Persons program at Arizona State Hospital.

"I also want to strengthen the relationships between all county offices," said Johnson. "We need to come together as a whole to benefit the counties we serve instead of having separate agendas.

"Also, serving in this position will give Mohave County a seat at negotiations at the national level."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

buster has NEVER had the county's best interest in mind, it has been,,and always will be- whats in it for buster!
like when he wanted the county seat moved to land "HE" has an interest ($$$$) in!
are the people in LHC so blind?

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013
Article comment by: Keep Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

Oh gaud, we have the Kingman film circulating the country letting the outside world what this area is like now we have one of the worst PR representatives to continue the tasks.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: Tripple Dip

Johnson gets a pension form California, he will get a pension from Mohave County. Does he get a pension from the Army? I guess he's working on getting a pension from his next "Public Service" job.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: Good Job!

Mohave County could use some recognition and respect. Buster Johnson will be the man who will get it.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

That's 5 terms too many for Buster Johnson. Not impressed with the lack of development and economic growth under Johnson and the old cronies that ran the county. We shall see just who actually talks and who gets things done in 2014.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: Loving It

AND...He is from Lake Havasu City, the diamond of the desert!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Congratulations!

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Scratching my head

How does Supervisor Johnson expect to boost Mohave County's state and national profile if the county doesn't have any employees???(Cough cough health insurance cough)

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

So, this tells me that the under the table deals are drying up and a new cash flow is needed.

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Political Aspirations

It is no wonder that Johnson wants to hire a lobbyist. He is so busy running around to be the "president" of this association and "officer" of that council that he has no time to be a Supervisor. And he complains about highway funds being taken away by the AZ legislature? It was his vote that help take highway funds from highway maintenance and build a $ 6mil building for Public Works last year. Johnson needs to be more responsible with how he wants to spend our money before he worries about others.

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