Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson has been elected president of the West Virginia Judicial Association.

Made up of circuit judges and Supreme Court justices, the organization represents the interests of the West Virginia judiciary in legislative and other matters. Johnson, who previously served as treasurer and secretary of the association, will serve a one-year term as president.

Johnson is also chairman of the Court Improvement Board, a federally funded board made up of judges, social workers, Department of Health and Human Resources workers, child and parent advocates, and others appointed by the state Supreme Court. The purpose of the board is to make proposals for more effective procedures dealing with child abuse and neglect.

Johnson has received several honors in the area of service to families and children. In 1999, he was named an Angel of Adoption by the U.S. Senate. He was recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for providing effective domestic violence response protocol and the Nicholas County Family Resource Network for quickly moving children into permanent placements.

He also serves as the judicial representative on the Coalition on Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice Committee, and is a member of the Commission to Study Residential Placements of Children.

Johnson served as prosecuting attorney of Nicholas County from 1985 to 1989. He was elected circuit judge in 1992 and re-elected in 2000. He has served as substitute justice on the state Supreme Court on several occasions, and formerly served as chairman of the Judicial Hearing Board and member of the Mass Litigation Panel assigned to flood cases.

Johnson is a graduate of Richwood High School and West Virginia University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s in public administration and his law degree. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of five children and reside in Richwood.

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