With more than 30 years of township experience, both as a trustee and fiscal officer and being an integral part of the Ohio Township Association, you would expect that Larry Johns knows everything there is to know about townships. He would tell you otherwise.
“Many times, I’ll come back from the Winter Conference with another tidbit of information, whether it has to do with record-keeping or how meetings are run or how to deal with some of the community complaints,” Johns says. “We pick up a lot of technical stuff while at the conference.”
A retired pharmacist, Johns has worked in a leadership role with the OTA and its partners since 1987. He became a trustee with the OTARMA insurance group in 1987 and later became a board member. Then, a few years later, he was elected to the OTA board of directors, served as its secretary-treasurer and then as president from 2006 to 2010.
After four years off of the board, he began his second go-around as an OTA director. Johns has some sage advice for anyone considering a run as a township official: Listen to your residents.
“I’ve had more than one occasion where someone has called to complain, pretty ‘hot under the collar’ initially, but as you let them vent and let them know you’re concerned about what’s going on, they start to calm down,” Johns says.
Johns and his wife, Patty, have three married children and six grandchildren. Johns stays active playing ice hockey, deer hunting, golfing, bicycling and riding his Harley.