Professional Profile: Marion County Receiving Clerk Frenchie JohnsonBy JOSHUA CAMPBELL,
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Marion County Receiving Clerk Frenchie Johnson.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born here in Marion County May 11, 1971.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: I graduated from East Marion in 1989, and I graduated from William Carey in 2003.
Q: Where do you work? Tell us about your job/company.
A: I am the receiving clerk for Marion County. I review invoices to make sure they are our bills, and I pay all the bills for the whole entire county for the correctional facility, sheriff’s department, solid waste, 911, Board of Supervisors office and the courthouse. I review it all and turn it into the Board of Supervisors to approve for me to pay them. I also keep up with the invoices and claims for the state auditor’s office.
Q: What led you to your profession?
A: I’ve been with local government since 2003. I started out at the department of human services economic division as an eligibility worker. Then I got hired by the courthouse, and I worked for Janette Nolan as a deputy clerk. Then I came over here in April 2018.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: I enjoy working with my friends because they are my friends. I enjoy meeting new people and communicating with new people. I love all of my bosses, all of the supervisors. I love it; I really do.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
A: The most challenging aspect is meeting deadlines and making sure that everything is done before the board comes in to meet.
Q: What is the most important lesson you have learned in your career?
A: First of all to respect other people and listen to them. I’ve learned to treat people the way I’d like to be treated. I just like helping people. That’s why I worked at the department of human services all that time. I’m a people person. That’s what my parents taught me, and it has taken me a long way.
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I actually wanted to be a nurse, but I learned at a very early age that it wasn’t for me. I don’t like looking at bad stuff.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I worked at the Marion County Health Department my junior and senior years of high school during the summer.
Q: Who are the people who have been most influential in your life?
A: I would say my grandfather, the late Bruce Christopher Sr., because he taught me how important it is to love God, love myself, work hard and try to be the best at whatever I’m doing. And my parents, Charles and Eulia Christopher, were hardworking people and taught us great values and to always put God first.
Q: What is your spouse’s name?
A: Charles Ray Johnson. I’ve been married to him for 24 years, and he’s a driller with Noble Drilling offshore.
Q: Do you have children?
A: We have two children. We have a 20-year-old daughter, Charayana, and a son, Cory.
Q: If you could have anything for your last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: I’m eating a hearty green salad, crab legs and a medium well steak.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I would love to go to Paris.
Q: What hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I love reading and reading the Bible. I like working with youth because that’s what I do at my church, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, as a youth leader. I love to travel with my family, spend time with my friends and family and have fun.
Q: What do you enjoy about Columbia and Marion County?
A: I like living and working here because it’s a small town. I know a lot of people. It’s a good place to raise children because it’s quiet. I like having my family here. I have deep roots here in Marion County.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone from your life or history, who would it be and why?
A: Nelson Mandela because he went through a lot of things in life, and he was a great motivator for me. He went from a prison to being the president. He seems like a very brilliant person. I’ve read a lot of books about him, and I would love to sit down and have lunch with him.
Q: If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do all day?
A: If I didn’t have to worry about money, I would probably still be somewhere helping somebody. I would be somewhere doing something in the community, making sure people have food to eat, adequate places to live and proper healthcare. I would want to let them know that they matter.
Q: What moment in your life has had the biggest impact on who you are today?
A: There have been many things that have happened in my life that have molded me into the person that I am, but when I truly decided to make a difference and be more Christ like. That was a long time ago. That is what made a difference in my life. Now I choose to have faith over here because I know with God all things are possible. I chose to be a Christian and live my life for the Lord.
Q: What is one thing you want to do that you’ve never tried?
A: I would like to write a book one day. It would be a motivational book for Christians.
Q: What are your top three morals?
A: Always treat people better than the way I want to be treated, love everybody no matter who they are and to try to be a better person to make the world a better place.
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I would like to be remembered as a person that was here for someone when they needed someone. I want to be remembered as someone people could count on, someone who would listen to people and who loved people.
— Joshua Campbell
Pictured Above: Marion County Receiving Clerk Frenchie Johnson has worked in her role since coming over from the Circuit Clerk’s office in April 2018. | Photo by Joshua Campbell