She gone Jeff. Marriage to a residency liar with criminal tendencies was too much for the ex-Mrs. Jeffrey Johnson!

Parkgate residents living near Johnson's once empty home know he's only recently returned

CLEVELAND, OH – Felicia Williams “Johnson” may not like reading her name in a news story about the dissolution of her marriage to attorney Jeffrey Johnson.  But the last thing people remember about public figures is what they last read about them.  Johnson made their courtship and marriage public.  The last thing an ex-Mrs. Jeffrey Johnson wants is to still be remembered as his wife … publicly.

As I did during the campaign for Cleveland mayor when my revelation about his non-Cleveland residency cost Johnson his SEIU-backed candidacy, I’m not revealing images of the former Mrs. Johnson or her family.  They’re not in “the game.”  Jeff’s in the game.

The marriage between Felicia Williams and Jeffrey Johnson is dissolved by Zoom as of December 8, 2020.  Johnson can take down the family photos of the former “Missus” and her two daughters on his social media pages.  He’s already identified himself as “Single.”  No need to connect her family to his drama.  My sources say her children want the pictures … gone.

Williams filed for the dissolution as a pro se litigant on November 19, 2020.  She even paid the filing fees to get it done.  Johnson’s friend, Glenville Shopping Center developer Arthur Fayne, was indicted on December 4, 2020 for stealing money from the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.

Johnson is back at the home his late father left him and his sister at 9024 Parkgate Avenue.  He’s now fulfilled his 2017 promise to the criminals at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections that he intended to return there while they resided in Twinsburg as a family in her home.  The former Mrs. Johnson might have wondered if his statement was connected to an eventual plan to leave.

Johnson knew his former wife never intended to leave Twinsburg; but she did anyway when they moved to Larchmont near Shaker Square.  To her friends he was a disruptive force in her family’s life.  She was caught up by his political razzle dazzle.

I’ve known Johnson since the beginning of his political career.  My Sister attended law school at Case Western Reserve University with him.  I ran for the council seat he was appointed to in 1984 after State Senator Morris Jackson joined Coca Cola as an executive and Michael White left Cleveland city council to replace him.  The law degree was a title that would help Johnson in elected office.

There’s no Terry V. Ohio cases that will ever be under his belt as something Johnson fought to the Supreme Court of Ohio to protect a civil right like the late attorney Louis Stokes.   The cases associated with Johnson’s name begin with captions like United States of America v. Jeffrey Johnson. The result of one was time in prison.  He got off on an assault of an activist named Don Bryant.

The public announcement of Johnson’s engagement in 2014 for the cynical among his critics was seen as political theater he’d set up for a run at Cleveland mayor in 2017.  Mayor Frank Jackson told me he thought Johnson was totally unworthy for the mayor’s job.  I agreed.  Similar reasons.  He’d had a career of political grandstanding and not accomplishments.

While he served on Cleveland city council, Johnson left the house on Parkgate Avenue empty to live with his new family in Twinburg in December 2015.  The marriage made him ineligible to remain on Cleveland city council throughout 2016 and 2017.  Johnson pursuant to Section 3.15 of the Revised Code of Ohio should have left on his own.

3.15 Residency requirements for public officials.  (A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, at all times during one’s term of office:  (1) Each member of the general assembly and each elected voting member of the state board of education shall be a resident of the district the member represents.  (2) Each judge and each elected officer of a court shall be a resident of the territory of that court.  (3) Each person holding an elective office of a political subdivision shall be a resident of that political subdivision.  (4) Each member of a municipal legislative authority who represents a ward shall be a resident of the ward the member represents, and each member of a board of education of a city school district who represents a subdistrict shall be a resident of the subdistrict the member represents.

(B) Any person who fails to meet any of the requirements of division (A) of this section that apply to the person shall forfeit the office. Division (A) of this section applies to persons who have been either elected or appointed to an elective office. Division (A) of this section does not apply to a member of the general assembly or the state board of education, to a member of a municipal legislative authority who represents a ward, or to a member of a board of education of a city school district who represents a subdistrict, during the remainder of the member’s existing term of office after there is a change in the member’s district’s, ward’s, or subdistrict’s boundaries that leaves the member’s permanent residence outside the district, ward, or subdistrict.

Williams supported her now ex-husband at the time through his residency deception.  She was a political novice and his colleagues at the board of elections favored his perspective.  But as she’s reading now, and learned then, there’s a truth in the language of the laws he lived to twist.  It came with the character friends said she learned not to trust.  I was not surprised to hear from a source how Jeff did not contribute equally to maintain the household.

Friends who joined the couple at restaurants say Johnson complained how everywhere he went his residency was a topic of discussion.  Now that his marriage is dissolved, as he’s plotting to replace United States Representative Marcia Fudge in the 11th Congressional District, it’s another failure his grandstanding made public that he’ll have to gloss over and half-discuss while he adds his own twists to make “Jeff look good.”

Johnson now works for Cleveland Housing Court Judge Mona Scott of Atlanta, Georgia who doesn’t really know this town, its history, players and the fact that she got elected to a public office whose late former judicial officer died after a visit by federal agents.  The glory of winning an election in a town you don’t really know, with players you truly don’t know, can come with a whole lot of trouble you really didn’t expect.

It’s just like marriage.  Sometimes you choose wrong.  Sometimes you choose right.  Everything that glitters ain’t gold.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.


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