Johnsonville, South Carolina

City Council

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Steve Dukes

City Council

Steve Dukes serves as Mayor of the City of Johnsonville. He has served in city government for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming mayor, he served on council for twenty years. As mayor, Dukes serves as chairman of council and a liaison member of each committee inside the city. A 2006 graduate of the Municipal Association, Dukes is the longest serving elected official in the history of the city. 

Dukes is also involved in several other capacities throughout the community and state. He is a member of the local library board and is also a member of the Mayors' Institute of Local Government for the state of South Carolina. He is also involved on the Florence County Economic Development Board and is actively involved in promoting the historical and natural attributes of the Johnsonville community.

A native of the Johnsonville area, Dukes graduated from Johnsonville High School and then went on to graduate from The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Dukes recently retired from Santee Cooper. He and his wife, Mona, are members of St. Paul Presbyterian Church and they have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

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Mayor Pro Temp. Johnny Hanna

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 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.

Image of Jamie AltmanJamie Altman

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 is a member of the Administration Committee as well as several other committees on council.

Image of Gary ArthursGary N. Arthurs

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

Image of Mona DukesMona Burris Dukes

Mona, a native of Johnsonville, has been involved in community, church, and civic leadership all of her adult life. As a young adult, she worked with the “Johnsonville Founder’s Day Festival,” now known as the “Heritage Festival Down by the River.”  She was active in the Pee Dee Junior Women’s Club, the Johnsonville Library Board, various church-related activities, the “Old Fashioned Christmas in the Park,” and numerous other venues.

Mona was an elected member of the Florence District 5 (Johnsonville) School District Board of Trustees for 10 years. She has supported her husband as mayor for many years and is glad to serve alongside the council members to improve opportunities for the citizens of the greater Johnsonville community. She helped start the Johnsonville Area Chamber of Commerce to give business leaders from within the 29555 area a voice in the advancement of the community and served as the Chamber's first President. She has begun to work with property owners along Broadway to improve the look of their buildings and to rent them to prospective businesses. She is also working to improve Internet and social media output for greater citizen-government communication.

Haselden1Marie Haselden

A native of Johnsonville, Marie Haselden graduated from Johnsonville High School in 1982 and Florence-Darlington Tech in 1985.  She was elected in May 2019 to fill the remainder of deceased Councilman Patrick Nettles’ term.  Marie serves on the Water and Sewer, Public Safety and Planning & Economic Development committees.

Marie is a member of Hemingway First United Methodist Church and participates in choir and plays the piano when needed.  She enjoys reading, the beach, playing the piano, and spending time with her family.  Marie is married to Brett Haselden and they have two daughters, Jacy and Raven.

Image of Doolittle StoneM. Doolittle Stone

Doolittle lives in his hometown of Johnsonville with his wife Hazel and their daughter Melexa. He is a 1972 graduate of Francis Marion University and recently retired from McCall’s Incorporated in Johnsonville.

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.