Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson makes history as first woman and African American to hold office as new Register of Deeds

Karen with family

Councilwoman Karen Johnson was recently sworn into office as the city’s 3rd Register of Deeds since becoming a consolidated government in 1963.

Nearly 200 people came out to witness this historic event. Remarks were given by Mayor David Briley and former Mayor Bill Purcell. Judge Angie Blackshear-Dalton officiated the event in the presence of more than 3 dozen other elected officials.

“I am looking forward to working with and for the citizens of Nashville and putting my 20 years of public service experience to work for them,” she said. “All of the hard work put forth by volunteers yielded a victory for our campaign and I forward to serving my duties as the city’s next Register of Deeds.” she concluded.

Johnson announced her bid last September and assumes office one year later after defeating 2 other opponents.

Karen Johnson is a community leader with a proven track record and currently serves as the two-term Councilwoman of District 29. She has over 20 years of public service experience with the Metropolitan Nashville Government, 23 years of professional experience in human resources and records and information systems management. She holds an MBA from Trevecca Nazarene University and a BBA from Tennessee State University. Karen is married to retired United States Marine David Johnson. They have three adult children, Chris, Jon, and Dave.

Color Guards

Mayor David Briley

Mayor Bill Purcell