Mayor Johnson Considered a Strong Contender to head up Office of Urban Policy

President- elect Barack Obama has promised to pursue a serious urban agenda, in part by creating an Office of Urban Policy to coordinate federal efforts to rebuild cities and the metropolitan regions they anchor. Savannah’s own, Mayor Otis Johnson is considered to be a strong contender for the position. The Mayor was named in a Detroit Free Press editorial as being one of four people recommended to go to Washington, D. C. and become the Czar of the Cities. However, Mayor Johnson has indicated that at this time, he is not interested in the position. He said he plans to serve as Savannah’s Mayor for the next three years.

Mayor Johnson has worked for the Model Cities Program, Economic Opportunity Authority and Savannah State University. As mayor, he helped create Step Up Savannah and promoted environmental and health programs. He has a master’s degree in social work and a PhD from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

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