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. Mayor Johnson is a real estate broker with eXp Realty and 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.
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.
Mayor Johnson is committed to respecting all persons and collaborating with his fellow elected officials, city staff, and citizens for the betterment of Puyallup. The following objectives guide Mayor Johnson's priorities during his term.
- Strongly supports public safety and our Puyallup Police Department.
- Believes that a vibrant and healthy city is a direct result of intentional engagement with every segment of stakeholders within our city, who collectively help transform our community on a holistic basis.
- No household pets or wild animals deserve to be treated inhumanly, abused, or in conditions that cause undue suffering.
- Aims to stimulate new affordable homeownership for first-time home buyers, single adults, young families, and our aging senior population, who may wish to opt into smaller footprint living units they can own and not rent.
- Look for opportunities to transform barriers of unrealized discrimination through empathetic listening and genuine conversations guided by a desire to understand. In other words, conversations are guided by the golden rule, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
- Advocate for open, ethical, and accountable government and works to ensure that the public's tax dollars are put to good use.
- Pledged to approach the issue of homelessness in Puyallup in a constructive manner by helping those in need find a road to recovery in addition to protecting Puyallup's family-friendly culture.
- Defends and upholds freedom of speech. He believes people have a right to speak their convictions boldly even if an opposing side believes they are wrong.
- 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”
Mayor Johnson extended the following personal remarks at the conclusion of his Mayoral speech on January 11, 2022.
"May God bless you, your families, and your businesses...May God bless your dreams, your ambitions, and your futures...And may God bless our city, the City of Puyallup at a level of which we have never seen before in our 132-year history."