Michael “Jake” Johansson has held the position as the City Manager of Port Orange, FL since August 2015. As the Chief Executive Officer of the city he is responsible for day-to-day operations of the city, preparation and execution of the city budget, and working with city council to ensure the needs of the citizens are met with excellent service.
A native of Williamson, New York, Jake Johansson began his career as an enlisted sailor in the United States Navy before obtaining his degree from Troy University at night school and receiving his commission as an officer in 1989. He was subsequently winged as a Naval Aviator in 1991.
He participated in numerous sea duty assignments in Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadrons on the West Coast and Hawaii deploying to Adak, Alaska; Diego Garcia, BIOT; Msawa and Kadena, Japan; Osan, Korea; Cubi Point, Phillipines; Masirah, Oman, Ali Air Base, Kuwait; Manama, Bahrain; Sigonella Sicily and Talil, Iraq. His last aviation tour was as the Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron FOUR in Talil, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His shore tours were on the Chief of Naval Operations staff at the Pentagon, Naval Aide to Vice President Richard B. Cheney as well as various other staff tours. His last job prior to retirement from the Navy was as the Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake, VA.
His civic involvement has been wide-reaching, working with Norfolk Schools to partner in STEM initiatives with the Navy. He also worked as a member of the Virginia Military Affairs Committee on establishing a military identifier for military connected children enabling an increase in federal funding to local schools with military connected children. Additionally, he was a member of the City of Norfolk Military Economic Development Committee coordinating with local non-profit organizations dedicated to providing jobs and education to people with disabilities.
He was on the St. Leo University Business School Leadership Advisory Council providing leadership and mentoring to graduate and undergraduate students. He also served briefly on the Board of Directors at Versability Resources; an Ability One associated non-profit organization dedicated to providing jobs and education to people with disabilities.
He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University. His wife and three boys have settled in the Water’s Edge area of Port Orange.