Jill Johnson is serving her first term as Island County Commissioner representing District 2, which is comprised of the community of Oak Harbor as well as areas of the county to the west and east of the city. She was raised on Whidbey and is a fourth-generation Washingtonian whose family has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest.
Jill earned a degree in Communications and Economics from Central Washington University and worked throughout the country pursuing career opportunities. After a decade away, Jill returned to Whidbey Island to live what she describes as “a real life” near family, friends and specifically her niece, Lydia. Immediately upon her return she put her leadership skills to use getting involved in the effort to build a new Wildcat Memorial Stadium and renovate the Oak Harbor High School. A product of the Oak Harbor School System, she is a strong advocate for quality public education and the direct impact it has on local economies.
Hired by the Oak Harbor Chamber in 2006, Jill was able to help the organization navigate the rough waters of an economic downturn without reducing the core services Chamber Members and the North Whidbey community have come to depend on. Her ability to identify revenue streams and control expenses, while still pursuing the Chamber organization’s goals with an honest and clear message, has earned her respect and trust. She was elected to the Board of Island County Commissioners in 2012. Jill serves on a number of County committees ranging from the North Sound Mental Health Advisory Board to the Joint Administration Board on Tourism. She also serves on the State Adult Behavioral Health Systems Task Force (ABHS)and the Governor's MCO/RSN Workgroup. She is a member of the North Whidbey Rotary Club.
Jill and her husband Alex live in Oak Harbor. You can often see them driving in Alex’s favorite 1974 Yellow Ford pickup, crabbing in their not-so-secret location off of Maylor’s Point, hiking the trails at Ebey’s Reserve, or wandering around the local farmers market with their niece Lydia. The couple have no children, but are in on-going negotiations to get a dog.