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Johnson receives Citizen of the Year award

Larry Johnson, center, the Shiawassee County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, receives his award from chamber staff, Kylee Hollis, member engagement specialist; Allie Marcelo, administrative assistant; John Adams, vice president; and Greg Klapko, president.

A native of Iron Mountain has been named 2021 Citizen of the Year in Shiawassee County in lower Michigan.

Larry Johnson, son of Peter and Robin Johnson of Iron Mountain, is director of the Shiawassee County Health Department, where he has worked more than 20 years.

“Larry went above and beyond to keep the citizens of Shiawassee County safe and continuously provided updates with current information and numbers” during the COVID-19 pandemic, the person who nominated him for the award stated.

The Citizen of the Year Award is the highest honor presented to a Shiawassee County resident. The individual must have demonstrated an active interest and significant involvement in community affairs in Shiawassee County and has through their efforts contributed to the betterment of the community, officials said.

The Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce partners with the Argus Press in Corunna, Mich., as the permanent sponsor of the award, which has been given out since 1982.

After graduating from Iron Mountain High School in 1994, Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary-environmental studies from Michigan State University and a master of science degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The Citizen of the Year will be honored during an awards night Thursday in Laingsburg, Mich.

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