Board of Directors - Leadership

Michael W. Johnson
Michael W. Johnson

Michael W. Johnson was appointed County Administrator by the Southampton County Board of Supervisors on January 1, 1996. His career in public service has been exclusively in his native home of Southampton County where he began work in 1985. As County Administrator, Mr. Johnson is the chief administrative officer for the county, responsible for a $52.4 million annual operating budget, direction and supervision of all county departments, and the care and custody of more than $65 million of public property and capital assets. He has directed and managed more than $70 million in capital projects over the course of his career.
Mr. Johnson is a 1982 graduate of Elon College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and holds certificates from the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is recognized as a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and is a member of the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA), formerly serving on its Executive Committee.
He has been happily married for more than 25 years to his wife, Debbie, also a Southampton County native, and they have two adult children, Ben and Megan. He is an active runner, beginning most days with a run at sunrise along the peaceful countryside of rural Southampton County.

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