Individual Community Ally of the Year!
Denver’s Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson was elected as Denver’s Clerk and Recorder on June 7, 2011 and sworn into office on July 18, 2011.
Prior to being elected, Clerk Johnson had served as City Clerk in Aurora, Colorado since 2001. During her tenure in Aurora Johnson was recognized for being an innovator for instituting a state-of-the-art electronic reporting and filing system, and hailed as a steward of taxpayer dollars for reducing election costs.
Because of her extensive municipal experience, Johnson is keenly aware that cities and towns face unique challenges and even though she is the elected Clerk and Recorder of Colorado’s capital city, she doesn’t forget her time spent serving smaller municipalities. “How will this decision affect smaller cities and towns with less clout?” is a question that Johnson will frequently ask when discussing state policy decisions.
Johnson currently serves as Legislative Co-Chair of the Colorado County Clerk’s Association and has taken an active role in helping to craft legislation dealing with elections, municipal recordkeeping, foreclosures and marriage licensing. As Clerk and Recorder, she is also a member of the City and County of Denver’s citywide Records Management Committee, the Denver Board of Equalization and the Denver Board of County Commissioners.
Johnson has served as Interim Village Manager in Chevy Chase, Maryland in 1989, Town Manager of Kensington, Maryland, from 1987 to 1989, and the Director of Economic and Community Development for Hyattsville, Maryland from 1984 to 1987.
Just before moving to Colorado, Johnson was Policy Manager for the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. from 1998 until 2001.
Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services
from Lake Superior State University, Michigan (Go Lakers!) and a Master of Public Administration degree from American University, Washington. D.C. She has one daughter and she’s a fan of CU Lady Buffs basketball and the Detroit Tigers.
As a single mother of a teenage daughter, Johnson strives for a work/life balance and asks the same from her staff. Johnson is active in the community and has coached varsity girls softball and little league baseball and chaired the Collaborative School Community for a local elementary school.