Chris Johnson

Commissioner Johnson - Naturally Portrait -circle webBorn in Rochester, Michigan, Commissioner Chris Johnson relocated with his family to Florida in 1982, where they eventually settled in Largo. Proudly cheering for the Packers, Chris attended Largo High School and then enrolled at St. Petersburg College, where he graduated in 1991.

Chris followed his parent’s entrepreneurial footsteps in 1993, working in the trade for the family business – Piper Fire Protection, Inc. Founded by his father in 1986 in Largo, the company steadily grew into a full-service fire protection business.

After Chris took the lead as President and CEO in 2000, electrical services were added, renaming the company to Piper Fire Protection and Electrical Services. The company now employs 220 people in Pinellas and Sarasota counties and serves communities throughout Florida's West Coast.

In furthering his service to the local community, Chris was elected as a City Commissioner in 2022.

Commissioner Johnson has a wife, Kim, and six children (a son, Jeremy, and five daughters, Megan, Amanda, Madelyn, Jami, and Ashley).


  • City of Largo Finance Advisory Board, including a term as Board Chair (2014-2022)
  • City of Largo Recreation, Parks, and Arts Advisory Board Commission Liaison (2023)
  • City of Largo Citizen’s Academy Graduate (2022)
  • League of Cities Legislative Committee on Taxation, Finance, and Personnel (2022-Present)
  • Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce:
    • Trustee, Board Member, and Active Member (2014-Present)
    • Chairman (2018)
    • Chair of Government Advisory Panel (2019-2022)
  • Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (2015)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Gulfcoast Chapter:
    • Board Member (2015-Present)
    • Board Chair (2023)
    • First Vice Chair / Secretary (2021, 2022)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Florida State Board (2019)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Contractor Member of the Year (2019)
  • American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), National Board Member (2018-Present)
    • Chair of the Convention Committee (2018, 2022, 2023)
    • Chairman of the Legislative Committee (2022-Present)
    • Member of various Committees
      • Bylaws (2020-Present)
      • Public Education and Awareness (2018-2021)
      • Membership and Chapter Grants (2018-2021),
      • Insurance and Safety (2020-2021)
      • Legislative (2020-Present)
      • Apprenticeship and Education (2020-Present)
  • American Fire Sprinkler Association, Florida Chapter
    • Board Member (2011-Present)
    • Immediate Past Chair (2020-2022)
    • Chairman (2017-2019), Vice Chair (2017-2018)
    • Chair of the Legislative Committee (2020-2022)
    • Education and Training Chair (2014-2019)
  • iBuild Pinellas County Schools Pre-apprenticeship Program Board Chair (2021-Present)
  • Richard O Jacobson Technical High School Construction and Trades Advisory Committee Member (2020-2022)
  • Pinellas Technical College: SAC Committee (2021-Present)
    • Electronic Systems and Integration Advisory Committee (2021-Present)
  • Governor Scott’s Construction Workforce Development Task Force, representing the Fire Sprinkler Industry (2016-2018)
  • Largo Medical Center Board of Trustees
    • Chairman (2019-2020)
    • Vice Chair (2018)
    • Board Member (2015-2020)
  • Grace Christian Fellowship
    • Deacon (2000-Present)
    • Church Treasurer (2013-Present)
  • Largo United Soccer Club
    • GYSA Commissioner, Referee Assignor, Recreational Coordinator (2008-2016)
  • Osceola Youth Soccer Association
    • President, Vice President, Referee Assignor, U-6 & U-8 Coordinator (1997-2008)

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