Clerk of Courts Barbara Johnson Passes Away

Posted on November 2, 2011

Erie County Clerk of Courts Barbara Johnson passed away Sunday, October 30, a day before her last official day in office. 

Ms. Johnson was first elected in 1988.  She was the first African American elected to county office.  She would have completed her sixth term in office had illness not forced an early retirement. 

Ms. Johnson was born and raised in Sandusky, graduating from Sandusky High School in 1959.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy.    

Erie County Commission President Bill Monaghan said, “Barb Johnson was a pioneer for African American women in Erie County.  She will be missed greatly.”

Commissioner Tom Ferrell said, “Barb and I came into our respective offices together.  I enjoyed our friendship a lot.  The people of Erie County were always first in her heart.”

Commissioner Pat Shenigo commented, “Barb Johnson was unfailingly kind and polite to whoever came to her office.  She showed great courage in trying to persevere through serious illness.”        

Last week County Commissioners announced that Luvada Wilson would replace Ms. Johnson on November 1.  She was sworn in at 2:00 PM Monday, October 31.