Joe Johnson, P.E.
Director, Region VI
As Business Development Manager with Burns & McDonnell, Joe Johnson works with local public agencies on design projects to improve their communities or services they provide. Prior to working with Burns & McDonnell, he worked on the public side for over 30 years with the last 21 as the Director of Public Works for the City of Leawood, Kansas. In that capacity, he oversaw administration, street maintenance, stormwater maintenance, engineering, inspection, fleet and facility operations.
Johnson served on the Kansas City Metro Chapter Executive Committee for almost twenty years (including all officer positions), has served on chapter committees, and has served over ten years as the Delegate on the Council of Chapters. He served as one of the Co-Chairs for the 2018 PWX Steering Committee and was named a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year in 2007. In December 2018, at the KC Metro Chapter Annual Holiday Party, he received the Ken Cardwell Heart of America Award, which recognizes individuals who have served the chapter in an exemplary manner and through their efforts have bettered the public works community.