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Chris Johnson became Johnston County’s economic-development director last year. His roots are in Smithfield, where he served as director of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corp. from 2000 to 2013.
Johnson graduated from Northampton County High School in 1984 and earned a degree in industrial technology education from East Carolina University in 1989. He spent four years as equipment manager for the ECU football team and was an aide to Congressman David Funderburk before coming to Smithfield.
Johnson, 48, who lives in Smithfield, is married to Kim Gower Johnson, who owns Jewels Formals on Market Street in Smithfield. He is active in Neuse Charter School, where the couple’s son, Quinton, is a senior and daughter Caroline is a freshman.