Compiled by Milwaukee Courier Staff
Former Milwaukee County Supervisor and now candidate for Milwaukee City Comptroller, Johnny Thomas has had an exciting career since graduating from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Cardinal Stritch University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, but his path has never waived from public service.
“Growing up, I remember constantly feeling called to serve the community,” he said.
He added, “That’s one of the driving factors that motivated me to join the United States Army.”
Thomas describes his path of public service as unconventional, but stresses the importance of giving back to the community.
“I was always infatuated with accounting and finance.
I knew early on in school that numbers were my strength.
The decision was just about how to put my strength into a life in service,” he said.
Married to his wife Yolanda, the Thomas’ are actively involved in community events including Christ the King Baptist Church, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and other civic organizations.
Participating in Kwanzaa, the 500 Tuxedo Event, the Beatillion and participating in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Family Feast.
“This was our eighth consecutive year. It’s a great tradition to have,” said Yolanda Thomas.
“It’s awesome to show my children what it means to put service above self,” Johnny Thomas added.
The call to serve others Johnny admits, led him to some great opportunities, including chairing the Milwaukee County Board Finance and Auditing committee.
“The roles I’ve held as County Supervisor, my work as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army, and in my current work at Milwaukee Public Schools, have shown me how to capitalize on my unique skill sets.
I’m the numbers guy who can show both sides what will provide the best return on investment,” he said.
Thomas believes his previous experience is a strength he is taking into his campaign for City of Milwaukee Comptroller.
Thomas explained, “Dealing with numbers, budgets, and people comes naturally for me; my experience in both the private and public sectors have prepared me for Comptroller.”
“On April 5, 2016 when I am elected as the next Milwaukee City Comptroller, I will continue to be the fair, independent voice for the people.
Milwaukee has a number of great opportunities in terms of development and proposals.
My experiences working with a range of government officials and residents will be a helpful to ensure Milwaukee’s residents receive a healthy return on their investment,” Thomas said.