Franklin D. Johnson most commonly known as Ã¢â‚¬Å“FrankieÃ¢â‚¬Â to all, was born in Frederiksted St. Croix on September 9, 1960, to Eleanor E. Sealey and Thomas A. Johnson, Sr.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“FrankieÃ¢â‚¬Â attended the parochial and public-school systems of St. Croix. Mr. Johnson progressed and attended the New Jersey Job Corp Training Center, where he obtained a General Education Diploma (GED) and a Certificate in Small Engine Repair within six (6) months. He then gained the opportunity to attend Union County Vocational School and successfully obtained his Certification as a Welder.
In 1983, Mr. Johnson commenced his long career in Law Enforcement when he joined the Virgin Islands Bureau of Correction as a Correctional Officer. During his tenure at the Bureau of Corrections, he held many roles of responsibility including Kitchen Oversight, Inmate Transport, Staff Transport Trainer, Supervisor of the Vocational Shops, and Developer and Supervisor of the Inmate Work Detail and Work Release Program, which he is the proudest. Mr. Johnson to date, vividly remembers this program, its participants, and their circumstances that allowed him the opportunity to touch the lives of more than three hundred (300+) Inmates, who participated and were given the chance to correct and understand errors of their previous life choices. In the 1990s with an affinity for nature and a desire to help others, Ã¢â‚¬Å“FrankieÃ¢â‚¬Â started JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Landscaping providing services to numerous clients on the island of St. Croix. In 2003, after twenty-one (21) years of service, Mr. Johnson proudly retired from the Government of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections.
After a short break in his retirement, Ã¢â‚¬Å“FrankieÃ¢â‚¬Â was offered an opportunity to continue his involvement in the Law Enforcement profession. In 2003, he accepted and commenced a career with the Federal Government as a District Court Security Officer (CSO) on the island of St. Croix which he continued for twelve (12) years until his Retirement from Federal service in 2015.
Mr. Ã¢â‚¬Å“FrankieÃ¢â‚¬Â Johnson is known by many near and far for his love of politics and recognized by his characteristic and distinct voice, as an avid Radio Commentator willing to address political and social issues affecting the community and territory. Mr. JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s long-term political zeal provided him with the opportunity in 2015 to serve as the Senior Policy Advisor on Community Affairs under the then Mapp Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Potter Administration. This role allowed him to do what he loves and enjoys most – helping people and making a difference in their lives. Mr. Johnson served in this role for four (4) years until his retirement from the Government of the Virgin Islands in December 2018.
Mr. Johnson loves the sport of Baseball and continues to demonstrate this love by volunteering to serve as an Umpire at Little League Games throughout the territory. Ã¢â‚¬Å“FrankieÃ¢â‚¬Â is a Member of the St. Croix Umpire Association, has participated in the St. Croix and St. Thomas Little League Tournament; Umpired the Big-League World Series and the Little League Caribbean Tournament in Williamsport, South Carolina, and Bonaire respectively; and was selected and served as the Chief of Championship Game at the Latin Caribbean Big League Tournament in Guatemala. Frankie also loves traveling and cooking Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a skill learned from and used on numerous occasions with his mother to prepare winning dishes at the St. Croix Agriculture and Food Fair.
Mr. Franklin Ã¢â‚¬Å“FrankieÃ¢â‚¬Â Johnson has nine (9) Siblings Ã¢â‚¬â€œ four (4) Sisters and five (5) Brothers. He is the proud father of five (5) Children: four (4) Daughters Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Samika, Shevon, Tia, and Thandie; one (1) Son Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Franklin, Jr. (Deceased) and four (4) Grandchildren Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Malcolm, Zariah, Rashae and Rashai.