Michael (Mike) Johnson is a California Bay Area native who has lived in Carefree since 2005 and became a permanent resident in 2013. He is married with five children and four grandchildren. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University Hayward and an Associate of Arts Degree from Chabot College Hayward. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) who started his career in 1978. The majority of his almost 40 year career was spent as a Chief Financial Officer and Controller working in technology startups, public and fortune 500 companies that created jobs and helped build the internet infrastructure. He managed fast growth, mergers and acquisitions, financial and SEC reporting, budgeting, forecasting, treasury, spending, systems and raised capital from Initial Public Offerings, Institutions and Venture Capital. Companies Mike worked in included Baron Data Systems, Ascend Communications (Sold to Lucent), Cacheflow, Amber Networks (Sold to Nokia), Trapeze Networks and Innovalight (Sold to DuPont).
Although Mike says his first love is technology; he was able to take a break from “Silicon Valley” and work for the Oakland Tribune as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Accounting Officer for Itel Rail.
Mike was appointed to the Carefree Town Council in September of 2021 and has worked with the town on various projects since he became a permanent resident such as the rezoning of Carefree’s Northeast Corner, The Carefree Water Consolidation Project and Traffic Safety.