Johnsonville, South Carolina

City Council

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Johnny Hanna
Term: November 2019 - November 2023

Johnny Hanna and his family have lived in Johnsonville for over 30 years.  His wife, Sheila, is a teacher in the exceptional Johnsonville School System.  All three of his children graduated from Johnsonville High School.

Having spent the greater part of his professional career in sales, Johnny has just the right personality to deal with citizens and employees of the city.  He has served several terms as Mayor Pro Tem and was elected Mayor in November 2019.  He is very active on the Parks and Recreation Committee and in the new Johnsonville Area Chamber of Commerce.

An avid outdoorsman, Johnny has a chance to see the often unseen facets of the community and enjoys visiting with citizens and business leaders to hear their concerns and ideas for the betterment of the community as a whole.

City Council

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Mayor Pro Tempore Jamie Altman
Term: November 2021- November 2025

Jamie Altman was elected to City Council in 2012. Jamie graduated from Johnsonville High School in 1988 and Florence Darlington Tech in 1990.  Jamie is married to Robin Altman of Hemingway and they have two children; a son, Drew, and a daughter, Erin.  Jamie enjoys fishing, golf, athletics, and spending time with family.  He is a member of the Prospect Independent Methodist Church and serves as the Choir Director and Adult Sunday School Teacher.

As a lifelong resident of the Johnsonville community, Jamie has contacts in many of the outlying communities around the city and can provide a unique insight into the needs of those citizens.  He chairs the Water & Sewer Committee and serves on the Administration Committee.

Image of Gary ArthursGary Arthurs
Term: November 2019 - November 2023

Gary Arthurs is a 1977 graduate on North Carolina State University, and a 2004 graduate of Coastal Carolina University. He and his wife Janet, moved to Johnsonville in February, 1978, when he was hired as the Green Superintendent of The Wellman Club. In 1983, Gary was promoted to Wellman Club Manager after the retirement of Crawford Gillette. Later that year, he applied for membership in the PGA of America and earned his Class A membership in 1988.  In 2005, he started Southern Lawns and Landscapes, and in 2012 opened a garden center. He retired in May, 2017.  

Gary and Janet have 2 children, Kristen and Thomas Hanna of Murrells Inlet, and Vance and Mary Elizabeth Arthurs of Greer, SC. They have 2 grandchildren, Hayden (4) and Hank (2) Hanna. 

He serves as chairman of the Administrative Committee and is a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee and  the Finance Committee.  Gary has been involved in the new Vox water project as well as efforts to re-open the former Wellman Club.

Frankie Poston
Term: November 2019 - November 2023
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James Franklin “Frankie” Poston was born in Salem South Carolina. He was a very social student and graduated from Hannah-Pamplico High School in 1973. He is the son of Mayo and Eva Poston. He has four sisters and four brothers. He has three daughters: Erin Poston, Jami (Charles) Foxworth, and Carly Poston. He had three grandsons and one granddaughter.

 Frankie worked as an electrician for 40 years. He coached recreational softball at Prosser Field. He helped Mr. Bud Stone put up lights at the Johnsonville High School softball field and helped get the JV softball team started.

Frankie is chairman of the Parks & Recreation Committee and also serves on the Public Safety and Planning and Economic Development committees.

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M. Doolittle Stone

Term: November 2021 - November 2025
Doolittle lives in his hometown of Johnsonville and is a 1972 graduate of Francis Marion University.  He recently retired from McCall’s Incorporated in Johnsonville.  Doolittle's beloved wife, Hazel Stone, passed away in December 2019 and they have one daughter, Melexa.

When asked why he ran for council, Stone says, “After many years of living and working in Johnsonville, this was an opportunity to give back to the city and help maintain it as a place all citizens can be proud to live and work in for years to come.” Stone believes that, though Johnsonville may not have all the frills of a big city, it does have a strong sense of community where people know each other or know of each other, and there is a willingness to come together and support one another in difficult and happy times.

He hopes to explore opportunities to eliminate dilapidated structures in the city and seek ways to bring new businesses into the community.  Doolittle is chairman of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Water & Sewer and Public Safety committees.                                                      
Dipen Khambhaita
Term: November 2021 - November 2025                                                                                                                                           

Dipen  was born in Mombasa Kenya and raised in London United Kingdom. A Bachelor
of Engineering honors graduate in Aeronautical Engineering as well as Bachelor of Science        honors in Computer Studies.

He started his career in the retail sector and ended up as a Senior Business Analyst and IT Consultant for a top Fortune 100 Company. In 2004 he purchased a convenience store in Johnsonville South Carolina and moved here with his family to start their new life in America. Dipen serves on the Water & Sewer, Planning & Economic Development committees and is chairman of the Public Safety Committee.

Dipen is married to Rupal and have three children, two daughters Maia, Deeya and a son called Jai. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, entertaining and experimenting in the kitchen. With his entrepreneurship, business acumen and corporate experience he hopes to lead the City in the right direction so the Citizens and Businesses of Johnsonville can prosper once again.