Johnsen recognized by Allegany County board for community service and volunteerism

A former Town of Grove supervisor has been recognized by the Allegany County Board of Legislators for his community service.

Mike Johnsen of the Town of Grove, left, holds Allegany County resolution recognizing his years of community service, as his wife, Nancy, and son, Eric, look on.

Mike Johnsen was presented with a resolution Wednesday, citing his accomplishments, including 16 years as town supervisor, current service on the town’s Assessment Board of Review. and other activities.

The action is one which the board has been taking in recent months to recognize community members who have and are serving in different volunteer and community service capacities.

Prior to moving to Allegany County, Johnsen was in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1969, including service on the Aircraft Carrier Independence (CVA620). He later served with the Long Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Chatham, N.J., for eight years.

After military service, he worked for Motorola Communications and Electronics until his retirement in 1995 when he moved to Grove and started a technology firm, Johnsen Associates, heading that business until its sale in 2005.

Johnsen has served on the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors, as well as on the County’s Comprehensive Plan Committee, Comprehensive Plan Implementation Group, and Telecommunications Development Board.

He also was a member of the board of directors of Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville from 2003 to 222, including two years as chairman, and a member of the Nunda Rotary Club for 10 years and the Canaseraga Lions Club for six years.

Johnsen, in accepting the resolution, said he has “always believed that if you see something you can do for your friends and neighbors, you should do it. That’s probably why I ended up doing all of this stuff.”