Board of Supervisors

Willie Johnson, Jr.

13th District Supervisor

Dear Neighbors,

It has been an honor and special privilege to serve the constituents of the 13th Supervisor District who live in the Arlington Heights, Borchert Field, Brewers Hill, Grover Heights, Harambee, Hillside, Lincoln Park, Lindsay Heights, North Division, Riverwest, Rufus King, Southwest Whitefish Bay and Williamsburg Heights neighborhoods.

I'm most appreciative of the support given by voters, organizations and associations for the past 18 years. I value your emails, calls and in-person comments, questions and suggestions about Milwaukee County government and how you and families may benefit from the services we provide.

Constituents and neighborhood groups are encouraged to contact my office to discuss any issues and concerns or to schedule a meeting.

Call my office at (414) 278-4233.

Click here to email me.

Thank you,

Supervisor Willie Johnson, Jr.

About Supervisor Johnson

Willie Johnson, Jr. was first elected 13th District Supervisor in 2000 and is serving his sixth term on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Johnson was born in Waukegan, Illinois, on March 22, 1951. A resident of Milwaukee since childhood, he graduated valedictorian of his class at Lincoln High School, earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a concentration of courses in Economics from Northwestern University, has been conferred a Master's Degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities Degree from the Wisconsin University of Theology, and has completed courses for the Master's Degree of Public Administration program at the UM-Milwaukee. Prior to his election, Supervisor Johnson worked for the Milwaukee County Department of Human Services Financial Assistance and Child Welfare divisions.

Supervisor Johnson is a member of the Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, Democratic Party, Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Diamond Life Member of NAACP, Milwaukee Urban League, 100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, National Association of Black County Officials, National Association of Social Workers and National Museum of African American History and Culture Director's Circle Plus Charter Member. Supervisor Johnson is a trained consultant/facilitator for the Nurturing Program and a trained AODA assessment counselor.

He has been a board member of Neighborhood Housing Services/NeighborWorks of Milwaukee, a task group member for the Housing Opportunity Partnership for Southeastern Wisconsin and Strategies to Overcome Predatory Practices of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, and is a member of the MMFHC Advisory Committee. Trained by the Homeownership Counseling Consortium, he is both a homeownership counselor and a homeownership educator. To address community and economic development issues, Supervisor Johnson is a member of the Great Harambee Neighborhood Initiative and Riverwest Neighborhood Association, and was a UWM Center for Economic Education presenter.

He is a board member of Economics Wisconsin, Three Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), and the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Supervisor Johnson is Chairman of the Learning For Life and Exploring Committee of the Three Harbors Council, President of the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation, Vice Chairman of the Community Insurance Corporation, and is a current board member and Past President of Wisconsin Counties Association.

An advocate of small business formation, Supervisor Johnson is a former member of the State of Wisconsin Minority Business Development Board and the Council on Small Business, Veteran-Owned Business and Minority Business Opportunities; having been the author of the Park East Redevelopment Compact, he was a member of the Milwaukee County Committee to Redevelop the Park East and the chairman of the Milwaukee County Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Steering Committee.

Having been a member of the Marquette Interchange Project DBE Advisory Committee of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation during his first term and a member of Marquette Interchange Project DBE Goal Setting Committee during his second term, the supervisor is the former chair of the Labor Development Committee of WISDOT’s SE Freeways Milwaukee County Urban DBE Advisory Committee. In 2008, Supervisor Johnson received a Civil Rights Partnership Award from the Federal Highway Administration in recognition of his efforts to promote and achieve the goals and objectives of the FHWA civil rights programs through the synergy of working relationships. He was honored for his involvement on the Marquette Interchange Project’s Business Development and Labor Development Committees. In 2010, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation presented Supervisor Johnson with the Secretary's Golden Shovel Award. In 2015, Supervisor Johnson was named Minority Small Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration - Wisconsin.

Supervisor Johnson is Chairman of the Pension Study Commission and is appointed to the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council, Milwaukee Community Justice Council Evidence-Based Decision Making Policy Team, Milwaukee County Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Milwaukee Community Justice Council Executive Committee, Milwaukee County Capital Improvements Committee and Milwaukee County Pretrial Services Advisory Board. He is a member of the UW Colleges/UW Extension STEM Precollege Institute Committee, a member of the National Association of Social Workers - Wisconsin Chapter Legislative/Policy Committee, and was formerly Secretary - Treasurer of the Milwaukee County Department of Family Care (MCDFC) Managed Care Organization (MCO) Governing Board.

Supervisor Willie Johnson, Jr. is Vice Chairman of the County Board's Finance Committee (formerly Finance and Audit Committee) having been on that committee since 2004, a member of the County Board Personnel Committee, and Vice Chairman of the County Board Intergovernmental Relations Committee. He served eight of 12 years as Chairman of the Judiciary, Safety, and General Services Committee, 15 years on the Economic and Community Development Committee and eight years on the Health and Human Needs Committee; he was for four years Co-Chair of the County Board Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee. He has served on the Milwaukee County AODA Quality Assurance Task Force, Milwaukee County Parks, Recreation and Culture Dedicated Funding Task Force, and the Milwaukee County Task Force on Segregation and Race Relations. A member of the Government Finance Officers Association, Supervisor Johnson serves on the Milwaukee County Strategic Planning Operations Team, Milwaukee County Local Emergency Planning Committee and is Community Emergency Response Team trained.

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Press Releases

Supervisors Denounce Anti-Democratic Coup Attempt in Washington D.C.


Supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph J. Czarnezki, Jason Haas, Willie Johnson, Jr., Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, Shawn Rolland, Steven Shea, Liz Sumner and Sheldon A. Wasserman released the following statement regarding the riotous mob storming the United States Capitol in a reprehensible attempt to stop Congress from certifying the Presidential election

Invitation from Supervisor Johnson to Sheriff Clarke


Dear Sheriff Clarke, The Judiciary Committee would like to offer you an opportunity to provide us with any information that could be useful to the committee as it considers existing and potential future claims against Milwaukee County.

County Board Introduces Resolution to Prohibit Use of Chokeholds


13 Milwaukee County Supervisors have introduced a resolution calling upon the county’s Civil Service Commission to prohibit the use of chokeholds and asphyxia by all Milwaukee County employees, including Sheriff’s Deputies and Correction Officers.

Johnson and Schmitt on 2016 Budget


Milwaukee County Supervisors Willie Johnson, Jr., and Jim “Luigi” Schmitt today congratulated the Milwaukee County Board for passing an amended 2016 budget that balanced the needs of County residents in the areas of public safety, parks and transit.

County Board’s Black Caucus is Developing Proposals to Achieve Racial Equity


As part of Milwaukee County’s ongoing work to achieve racial equity, the Black Caucus of the Board of Supervisors is developing a set of policy proposals to dismantle systemic racism, improve accountability for law enforcement, and provide necessary services to the public. The Black Caucus released the following statement today regarding their policy ideas and the protests related to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.

Supervisors Broderick. Johnson, Jr. and Jursik Announce Opposition to O'Donnell Park Sale


Milwaukee County Supervisors Gerry Broderick, Willie Johnson, Jr. and Patricia Jursik announced today that they will vote against a proposed $14 million sale of O’Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual, calling the deal inadequate and against the public interest.

County Supervisors Taylor and Johnson Honor Bus Operators for Outstanding Service


County Supervisors Willie Johnson, Jr., and Sequanna Taylor recognized seven Milwaukee County bus operators Thursday for coming to the aid of vulnerable young children they encountered while driving their route.

Three Supervisors to Hold News Conference on O'Donnell Park at 4 p.m. Today


Supervisors Patricia Jursik, Gerry Broderick and Willie Johnson, Jr. will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 10 at the Miller Room of O’Donnell Park. The three will announce their position on the sale of O’Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual.

Sheriff Clarke Rejects Invitation to Meet With Judiciary Committee


Sheriff David Clarke, Jr., did not appear at a special meeting of the County's Judiciary, Safety, and General Services Committee Thursday morning that was called specifically for him.

Supervisor Willie Johnson Jr. Named President of Wisconsin Counties Association


Milwaukee County Supervisor Willie Johnson, Jr., said today he was honored to be elected president of the Wisconsin Counties Association, saying that he planned to use the position as a “bully pulpit for issues affecting the state’s counties.”

Supervisors to Consider External Investigations of In-custody Deaths


County Board Supervisors will consider a resolution on Thursday that would establish a policy for external investigations of in-custody deaths at the Milwaukee County Jail and House of Correction that is modeled on a 2013 state law.

Supervisor Johnson Welcomes Will Allen


Milwaukee County Supervisor Willie Johnson, Jr. welcomes Will Allen to an event to talk about the current food crisis, how it impacts Milwaukee County and what you can do to help.

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