Senior Administrative Clerk, LAPD

Not all police heroes wear badges. Local 3090 member Williana Johnson has served the public working for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) since 2007. She began her career as an administrative clerk and recently secured a promotion to senior administrative clerk. A “Jill-of-all-trades” in the department’s personnel division, she regularly assists sworn officers, civilian employees and visitors alike with employment verification, personnel package verification and miscellaneous clerical duties.

“The officers themselves do what they’re supposed to do, that is, to protect and serve,” Johnson said. “My particular section, we assist employees, including officers, ensuring they can do their best with the support and assistance they’re given.”

Born in Belize, Johnson has called South Los Angeles home for most of her life. Since joining Local 3090, Johnson has taken an active role in her membership, routinely attending union meetings.

“My union is important to me because I know if I have issues within my department I know I can ask for assistance with my union rep. It’s important to know you’re not alone,” she said.

Johnson also believes her presence at meetings now makes her a resource for others who might want to know more about unionism and what it has to offer.

“I think knowledge is power. The more information you get the better you are not just as an employee, but also as an individual. By going to meetings and learning about what my union does, I have resources so that if others have questions, I can provide that information,” she said.

Johnson is a voracious reader, particularly if the book contains vampires or werewolves. When she’s not behind her desk at LAPD headquarters in the heart of downtown, she’s most likely curled up with a good paperback.

“I never leave the house without a book,” she said.

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