Johnson BobbyMADISONVILLE, Ky. (2/21/20) — Madisonville City Councilman Bobby Johnson dedicated his entire life to community service.

He was called brave, unselfish and caring by those who knew him.

He will be greatly missed by the community, friends and those who worked alongside him through the years. Johnson was called home to be with the Lord today.

Johnson retired from Madisonville Police Department in 2007, but he did not slow down. He served as chief of police for the agency six years prior to his retirement, and was currently serving his second term as Ward 6 Councilman.

Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton signed an executive order to lower flags to half-staff at all city facilities today in honor of Johnson, until his interment.

Council Chairman Frank Stevenson recalled today that he knew Johnson through his long service at MPD, as chief and while serving alongside him on city council.

“He was a pleasant, quiet man of sound integrity, and you knew you could count on him,” Stevenson said. “It was a pleasure to serve with him and we are saddened that he has departed. I know he’s a man of faith, and I’m sure it’s a comfort to his family. We hold them in our thoughts and prayers.”

Johnson had a fall last year and broke his leg. Though in pain, he attended several council meetings afterward with the use of a wheelchair.

MPD Chief Chris Taylor noted Johnson was a good man and a good officer.

“He was the type of guy that would give the shirt off his back, if you were in need,” Taylor said of Johnson. “He was a compassionate servant, cared about his people that worked for him and also this community,” (pertaining to his involvement in civic organizations), “outside of his profession, where he showed his love for the community and worked to see that it improved lives.”

Johnson, recipient of the 2018 Man of the Year honor, called Madisonville his home for more than 60 years. He was married to the late Barbara Diana (Sherrod) Johnson for 45 years and together they had two children, Bobby Jr. and Brook; and five grandchildren, Bobby III, Bryson, Bra’Shyia, Bryanne and Brayden.

After an excellent academic and notable athletic high school career, Johnson went on to college to further his education before joining MPD.

During his tenure at MPD, Johnson was elected to the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Board, serving as Western Kentucky Chairman. He has also assisted in the community in a myriad of leadership capacities including Midwest Kentucky American Red Cross Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters board member, co-chairman of United Way, vice president of the Rosenwald-Smith Multicultural Center, director of Madisonville ABA and Rotarian.

Hopkins County Sheriff Matt Sanderson also recalled Johnson’s service to the community.

“Bobby Johnson was second in command, when I started at the Madisonville Police Department, and later became my chief,” Sanderson said. “Bobby has always had a big heart and led with compassion. He truly cared about everyone in this community. His passing will leave a large void, but he leaves a great legacy.”

Elliott Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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