Ruth G. Johnson was the recipient of the February "Unsung Hero" award, presented monthly by the office of Yavapai County Supervisor A.G. "Chip" Davis.
Johnson is a member of the Yavapai County Employee Merit System Commission where she has volunteered since 1999. The Commission prevents Yavapai County employees from being the target of unfair and arbitrary employment practices. She is a director for the Verde Village Property Owners Association (VVPOA) and represents the VVPOA at meetings such as the County Transportation Planning Meetings.
She has had a career as a teacher and educator in public schools in Ohio and California. She was also a professor and director of teacher education at Case Western Reserve University. She was an Assistant Principal in the East Cleveland, Ohio school system and a classroom teacher in inner city Los Angeles. She has also been on the faculty of Yavapai College in Cottonwood.
Ruth Johnson is active in her church and other community affairs.
The candidates for this award are nominated each month by a different department within the Yavapai County Government. The award recognizes a person living in Yavapai County that goes out of their way to somehow make the world a better place while not expecting or seeking any thanks or praises.
Johnson said she was fortunate to be recognized for something that she enjoys doing.