MAYOR JAMES APPOINTS FAYE W. JOHNSON WPB CITY ADMINISTRATOR
After an extensive search to which more than 100 candidates responded, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James has appointed Faye W. Johnson to the position of City Administrator for the City of West Palm Beach. In this role, Ms. Johnson will coordinate the activities of all administrative departments, divisions, and agencies and serve as special liaison between the mayor, city commission and all departments, divisions, boards and commissions. Ms. Johnson will be responsible for oversight and administration of an operating budget over $500 million and City workforce of more than 1,700 employees. Ms. Johnson will report to Mayor James.
Ms. Johnson has more than 33 years of diversified government experience including 13 years in county government administration, 17 years in city government operations, and three years of formal city management training. A native of West Palm Beach, Ms. Johnson will become the City’s first city administrator who is a woman and African American.
The salary for the city administrator will be recommended by the Mayor to the City Commission for their consideration and approval.
“Having Faye Johnson as our new city administrator is a big win for the City of West Palm Beach,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “The breadth and depth of her experience, qualifications and training truly distinguished her and set her above and apart from other candidates. A daughter of West Palm Beach, she knows our city, its residents, and neighbors in other municipalities and government agencies. I look forward to working with her, shoulder to shoulder, to lead our city forward. I know she will do a great job for the City and will do so with the utmost integrity.”
“I am humbled, honored and excited to serve as City Administrator,” said Ms. Johnson. “I will work diligently with the Mayor, Commission, City staff, residents, business owners and partner agencies for the betterment of the City”.
Ms. Johnson joined the City as Assistant City Administrator in August 2019, charged with oversight of the Human Resources, Finance and Information Technology Departments and the Office of the City Clerk. Since October 2019, Ms. Johnson has served as Interim City Administrator. Her prior extensive experience includes serving as Assistant County Administrator for Palm Beach County, County Administrator for St. Lucie County, and Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Fort Lauderdale. Early in her career, Ms. Johnson worked for the City of West Palm Beach as Director of Housing and Community Development.
Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Public Administration from Howard University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman College. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Florida City-County Management Association, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and currently serves on the board of Leadership Palm Beach County. She is the recipient of the International City Management Association 2011 Strategic Leadership Award and was named the American City-County Magazine 2011 County Leader of the Year.