The Phoenix City Council unanimously elected District 8 Councilman Michael Johnson as vice mayor last week. Johnson will serve in this role until the end of the year. This is the second time he has served in this position.

"Once again I'm honored for this opportunity to serve as vice mayor of the City Council. I would be honored to serve along Mayor Greg Stanton's side and represent Phoenix in his absence," Johnson said.

Johnson has been a member of the Phoenix City Council since 2002, and has two years remaining of his final four-year term. He currently is chairman of the City Council's Downtown, Aviation and Economy Subcommittee, and is a member of the Housing and Neighborhoods and Public Safety and Veterans subcommittees.

He also has served Phoenix residents in another capacity prior to his work on the council. Johnson is a 21-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department, retiring in 1995 as a homicide investigator. He has been active in the community for many years, having served on several boards and commissions.

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