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Councilwoman Johnson
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Cindy Johnson

City Hall
208 North First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707

Phone: (989) 354-1700
Fax:  (989) 354-1709

Alpena is my home. My grandparents, on my father's side (Felix and Josephine Werda), supported their family by working in the factories that were once the life blood of Alpena. My granddparents, on my mother's side, (Willis and Belle Bryant), also lived in Alpena. My grandfather Bryant worked as a carpenter to support his family.

My father and mother, John and Phyllis, married and had seven children. He was employed at Huron Portland Cement Company, sailing on the inland lake boats and calling them home for long stretches of time during the shipping season.  He sailed on the E.M. Ford, the J.A.W. Igelhart, the S.T. Crapo, and the J.B. Ford (sidelined in the early 1980’s due to engine problems).

My husband, Theodore Johnson, and I have been married for 30 years and have raised 5 children; Scott, Ryan, David, Casey and our daughter Alex. We currently have 3 dogs who let us co-exist with them; Ozzie,who is my loyal companion, Liam a blind rescue dog we adopted from the Huron Humane Society, and our son Casey’s dog, Memphis, also a rescue from the Lansing shelter.

One of things I love about Alpena is its rich history, which led us to purchase an old Victorian home about 20 years ago. Our home was built circa 1889, by a former mayor of Alpena; Lemuel Dafoe. In the 1960’s it fell into disrepair and remained empty for a number of years. Red and Hazel Crittenden bought the Dafoe home in a tax sale and it became their very first project. They converted the house into a four-unit apartment building and rented them to widowed women. It changed hands a couple of times when we bought it and started the long process of converting it back to a single family home. When we tackle a room, we try to restore it back to its original splendor, but add in all the features of modern living. We were featured on the Alpena Hospital’s Tour of Homes a few years ago. The rehabilitation of our home will continue to be a labor of love.

Work Experience & Continued Community Involvement
Giving back to our community is something I have had the pleasure of doing for over 20 years. For the school system, I worked in the art program for almost 20 years, including spending 2 years painting two murals at Ella White School. The individual murals portray the rain forest and the solar system (part of the fourth grade curriculum). We worked with each child while they drew, colored, and eventually painted their part on the mural. My commitment to the City includes: Planning Commissioner 11 years, Historic Study Committee 10 years (still serving), Downtown Development Authority Design Team 8 years, Historic Commission 5 years, Community Pride 6 years, Overlay Tax Abatement Committee 2 years, currently serving on the Main Street Steering Committee.

Current Community Involvement
My committee appointments for Council the next 2 years are: Board of Review, Retirement Board, Alpena Area Recreation Commission, Intergovernmental Roads, Intergovernmental Air/Water Quality, Natural Resources Visioning Subcommittee, and Policy and Procedures Visioning Subcommittee.

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