Mayor - Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson was elected in 2015 and re-elected again in 2019. His second term runs from 2020 to 2023. As the At-Large member of the Council, he holds the unique distinction of being the only City Council member elected by voters from across the entire city of Puyallup and represents residents in all three districts. In January 2022, Johnson was designated Mayor by the Council to serve the 2022 - 2023 term.
Councilmember Johnson and his wife Deborah have three grown children. He earned his M.A. from Faith International University and Seminary in Tacoma. He has many years of professional and community service experience, including time spent as a Pastor of several churches in Pierce County as well as serving as a Personal Stylist at Nordstrom.
Council member Johnson believes in the core fundamentals of our nation and acknowledges that everyone is “created equal” and “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”……. and that we are “one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all”
Heritage. Dean Johnson’s election to the Puyallup City Council echoes a longtime family heritage of five generations in Puyallup dating back to the City’s founding in 1890. 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.
Councilmember Johnson is committed to respecting all persons and 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 economic vitality. He strongly advocates for open, ethical, and accountable government and works to ensure that the public's limited resources are always put to good use.
Councilmember Johnson has pledged to approach the issue of homelessness in Puyallup in a constructive manner. He believes that the City must have a comprehensive plan to help those in need find a road to recovery in addition to protecting Puyallup's family friendly culture through public safety enforcement against theft, vandalism, littering and illegal drug use.
Councilmember Johnson ardently believes in the power of respectful communication and civility to help evolve understanding and foster collaboration. In his last re-election, he was the only candidate that had party endorsements from both Republican and Democratic elected officials, which is very difficult to attain in today's political climate. This follows his belief that while we may have differences on various issues, we can find common ground if we dare to try with courage and humility.
Councilmember Johnson believes in the freedom of speech. He believes people have a right to speak what they believe even if an opposing side believes they are wrong. Why? Because how can anyone arrive at a change of mind if their beliefs are not protected and heard in a forum that allows respectful discourse and the opportunity to have a change of heart and mind?