The City of Fort Wayne has hired Brent Johnson to oversee the development, design and building of the Regional Police and Fire Training Academy at Southtown Centre.

“We are pleased to have Brent lead the effort in building a world class public safety training center,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard. “Brent’s extensive military experience will be a great asset to our community.”

Most recently, Johnson was the director of the school of human resources and administration for the United States Army in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Johnson also has served as community manager and chief operating officer at Fort Jackson. In addition, he was human resources manager for United States Army units in Alexandria, Virginia, and Vicenza, Italy.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Johnson earned master’s degrees from Pennsylvania State University and National Defense University. He is a graduate of South Side High School.

Johnson is working under a professional services contract.

The academy will train police, fire and homeland security personnel from all over the region. Construction is expected to begin in 2006 with a projected completion date of 2007. The cost to build the facility is between $18 million and $25 million.

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