About Harry Johnston

  • District 1 Commissioner from 2000 – 2014.  Planning Commission from 1996-2000; Chairman 1998-2000.Near Lifelong County Resident.
  •  Married for 42 years to Rebecca Wheeler Johnston, a sixth generation Cherokee County resident.  Two grown children graduated from Cherokee County Schools, and two grandchildren.  
  • Certified Public Accountant. Bachelors and masters degrees in finance & accounting.  Recently retired from a 42-year career in management of multiple accounting functions at Southern Company.
  • Lifelong Baptist Sunday School Teacher.  Deacon and Church Treasurer.  Choir member.
  • Currently serving as Chairman of the City of Canton’s Board of Zoning Appeals, and as a member of the city’s Historical Preservation Committee.
  • Extensive civic and community involvement…Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Canton and lieutenant governor of the Georgia District of Kiwanis, YMCA, Chairman & Volunteer of the Year; served as a Cherokee County Library Trustee, Chamber of Commerce; Leadership Cherokee; Cherokee Historical Society, and more.
  • Lifelong Republican.  Long-time active member of the Cherokee Republican party. Charter member of the Cherokee Teenage Republicans in 1968.