Councilmember Bill Jonson (Seat 4)

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Councilmember Bill JonsonCouncilmember Bill Jonson served two three-year terms as City Councilmember - seat 5. He left office in March 2007 as a result of term limits and was reelected to the Council in March of 2010 - seat 4 and again in 2014.

Councilmember Jonson represents Clearwater on the PSTA Board and is currently their past Chairman. He was appointed to the CAC of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority and subsequently elected and re-elected as CAC Committee Chair 2008-2009.

In January 2017, he was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Award by Sepia of Pinellas County. The award is given for contributions promoting better racial relations among citizens in Upper Pinellas County through work and volunteer services.

Councilmember Jonson was the founder (1988) and president of Citizens for a Better Clearwater. This group successfully petitioned the Clearwater City Commission to phase out billboard clutter on a portion of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. He is Chair of the Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway Advocacy Group, which successfully achieved designation as a Florida Scenic Byway.

Councilmember Jonson is founder and currently president of Citizens for a Scenic Florida, whose statewide mission is to preserve and restore Florida’s scenic heritage. As a result, he received the statewide Florida Hazel Simmons Hodges Highway Beautification Award (1997). Nationally, Councilmember Jonson serves on the Board of Directors of Scenic America.

Prior to his retirement in December of 1999, Councilmember Jonson oversaw project management activities within the Information Systems department at Honeywell. He received his undergraduate degree fromDrake University in Accounting and did additional graduate work at the University of Minnesota in Management Information Systems. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969.

Councilmember Jonson is married to Becky Carlson and together they have five children and six grandchildren. He is a member of Heritage United Methodist Church where he sings in the Choir.

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