Dean Johnson was elected in 2015 to serve a 4-year term starting January 1, 2016. As the At-Large member of the Council, he represents those in all 3 districts.
Dean Johnson’s election to the Puyallup City Council echoes a longtime family heritage: his great, great grandfather, Perry Summerfield, was a prominent member of Puyallup’s early pioneer community who served on the very first city council alongside Ezra Meeker.
Dean Johnson is committed to respecting all persons and to effectively collaborating with his fellow elected officials, city staff and citizens for the betterment of Puyallup. He agrees that certain services are of paramount importance, including a high level of public safety, excellent parks, well-maintained roads and pedestrian walkways, and common-sense zoning, regulations and policies that promote healthy neighborhoods and strong family wage jobs. He strongly advocates for open, ethical and accountable government, and works to ensure that the public’s limited resources are working for the people.
Council Member Johnson has ideas for how to address concerns related to speeding, especially in residential areas, and traffic congestion, particularly on South Hill. He has pledged to approach the issue of the homeless population in Puyallup in a constructive way with the goal of achieving a comprehensive plan that will address negative impacts and preserve the community’s wellbeing. It is important to him that citizens be proud to say they live in Puyallup!
Council Member Johnson ardently believes in the power of respectful communication and civility to evolve understanding and foster collaboration. He invites inquiries and suggestions and seeks to make sure that his efforts align with and advance the interests of his constituents.
Council Member Johnson and his wife Deborah have 3 grown children. He earned his M.A. from Faith Lutheran College and Seminary in Tacoma. He has many years of professional and community service experience, including time spent as the senior pastor at Immanuel Celebration Church in Tacoma. He currently rides the Sounder to work in downtown Seattle where he works in sales at the Flagship-Corporate Nordstrom store.