Meet Mayor Michael Johnson
Temple swore in their new Mayor in January. Mayor Michael Johnson successfully ran for the position in 2017, his first foray into politics. He was encouraged to run by several community members and friends who shared his concerns about issues that impacted the community. “My interest was sparked in the spring of 2017 when serious discussions were occurring regarding issues that I believed were in conflict with our community values,” shared Johnson.
Michael Johnson grew up in the nearby community of Yorkville in Paulding County. A 1978 graduate of Paulding County High School, he earned a BS in Mathematics from Kennesaw State University in 1983 before teaching at his high school alma mater for the subsequent three years. He became a Temple High School teacher in 1986 and taught there for 26 years, retiring in 2012.
“Along with teaching, I assisted my wife coaching girls basketball at Temple High from 1988-2009. She and I also coached softball and tennis for shorter periods. She coached volleyball as well.”
Mayor Johnson has been married to his wife, Donna Conaway Johnson since 1984. She is a
lifelong resident of Temple. Donna graduated from Temple High in 1978 and the University of Alabama in 1982 with a BS in Health and Physical Education. She later earned a MS in Physical Education from the University of West Georgia. After teaching at Carrollton Junior High from 1982 to 1986, she became a teacher at Temple High School for 26 years, also retiring in 2012. They are active members at New Liberty Baptist Church in Paulding County near Yorkville.
The Johnsons are proud of their children. “We have a son, Matthew, who graduated from Temple High School in 2006 and Shorter University in 2010. He is married to Renee Glenfield Johnson and they have a 1.5 year old son, Maddox. They reside near Buford, Georgia. We have a daughter, Christina, who graduated from Temple HS in 2009 and Shorter University in 2012. She is married to Jake Shirley and teaches at Carrollton Elementary and he teaches at Carrollton High. They reside north of Carrollton.”
The Johnson family has long been involved in sports. In addition to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson being coaches, their son played baseball at Shorter and their daughter played volleyball there. Beyond team sports, Mayor Johnson and his wife are both very fond of fishing.
As a new Mayor, Johnson recognizes both the challenges and opportunities ahead of Temple. “Certainly, the much publicized water/sewer bond must be addressed. The balloon payment is coming up in 2021. Also, increases in water rates from the city’s water source will impact our water/sewer rates along with the need to build revenue from these rates. The city needs to improve the ratio of revenue to expenses for future credit consideration. Like most cities, our
infrastructure is aging so we must prepare for repairs and improvements.”
Johnson sees Temple as having many unique advantages: “I am convinced that Temple is a great place for families to raise their children. Our schools do a great job educating students with awards from the state to prove that fact. We are strategically near I-20 to make our town
attractive for business and industry to locate here. These are a few of the reasons that Temple’s future has great potential.”
Specifically, Mayor Johnson expresses an interest in evaluating “all considerations by how it effects the best interests of Temple and its citizens.” He continues, “My desire is to encourage positive development of business and industry that will enhance the lives of our citizens in Temple while maintaining the values that this community embraces. We desire to identify and celebrate the successes achieved by organizations and members of our community.
We want to improve our website to make it more useful for our citizens.”