James K. Johns, District 1
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500 San Sebastian View
Term Expires: 2020
Commissioner James Johns Earns Advanced County Commissioner Designation
The Florida Association of Counties recently recognized St. Johns County Commissioner James K. Johns as an Advanced County Commissioner following his completion of a comprehensive study program designed to focus on leadership with an emphasis on the future of Florida, the importance of protecting home rule, and the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Association also helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education, and collaboration.
James K. (Jimmy) Johns grew up in Mandarin, Florida. He received dual degrees in Applied Physics from Jacksonville University and Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. In the 1990s he worked for International Paper Company in Louisiana as a project manager where he was ultimately responsible for compliance with the Federally-mandated Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. In 2004, he founded Solid Rock Engineering Consultants, Inc., which now serves clients across the Southeastern United States, providing land planning, design and permitting services for private and public developments. He raised a family for the last 15 years in Julington Creek Plantation and plans to retire in the area with his wife, Kathy.
Through these experiences he enjoyed learning and affecting the international, multi-year view of a global corporation and then moving that experience into ownership of a small business. It is this combined experience that will be invaluable to his leadership on the St. Johns County Board of Commissioners. Says Jimmy “As a small business owner, I understand how to balance multiple demands simultaneously and how to identify and adapt to changing priorities. As a project manager for International Paper Company, I understand the scope of massive projects where long-term planning is critical. These experiences and skills will be implemented to lead our County’s continued successes.”
Entrepreneurship has also given him a unique perspective of the Commission from the public’s side of the table. “I have worked with the St. Johns County staff and presented projects before the Commissioners to receive approval for various developments since moving into the County in 2000. I feel like I can provide insight to the Commission on behalf of the public while advocating for the direction of the Commission to the public.”
Jimmy is very appreciative for the benefits of well-managed cities and communities, and is committed to continuing the excellent lifestyle we enjoy in St. Johns County. “I love the diversity and high quality of life of St. Johns County. Each aspect of the County is like a jewel on a necklace. We have very different and wonderful lifestyles and amenities such as Julington Creek Plantation, St Augustine, World Golf Village, Hastings, Ponte Vedra, Nocatee and many places in between. We have parks, rivers and creeks, golf and biking trails, internationally significant historical sites, cutting-edge technology companies, A-rated schools, free-flowing roadways, and so much more.”
Jimmy is also a believer in the power of servant leadership. After receiving so many benefits through life experiences, he wants to continue to contribute and give back to the community in which he lives. “I feel that a strong leader empowers people to implement their abilities passionately and with focus, builds consensus from diverse equally viable ideas, and recognizes people’s accomplishments frequently. The County Commissioner’s role is to steward the growth of the County. As a civil engineer, I can add strategic perspective and understanding for the need of long-term goals and the value of short-term strategic plans with measurable, objective accountability.”
Active Memberships & Certifications
- Rotary Club
- Fruit Cove Baptist Church
- St Johns County Friends of the Library
- JaxUSA Partnership Chamber Trustee
- FDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
- Yesha Ministries
- Echota Cherokee Tribe