Hon. Kenneth Ohi Johnsen – Town Justice, Day
Judge Kenneth “Ohi” Johnsen has been the Town Justice for the Town of Day (Saratoga County) for 15 years, and ran his 4th uncontested election in November of 2019. He was first elected to the position in 2007, at 34 years of age. Ohi grew up in Webster, NY (Monroe County), and graduated from Webster High School in 1991. He then attended the University at Buffalo from 1991 to 1996 where he majored in International Studies and Spanish. In 1996 Ohi moved to Montana and worked as the Security Coordinator for the Big Sky Ski Resort. He spent his next few summers back in the Adirondacks, working as an ACA
certified whitewater kayaking instructor, and DEC licensed whitewater rafting guide. In the spring of 1998 Ohi became a Montana Highway Patrol
Officer (State Trooper). It was an amazing job with a terrific agency, but he left that job in 2001 to return to New York and be closer to family.
Upon his return to NY, he applied to the New York State Police, and was accepted to begin the NYSP Academy for the January 2002 class. Unfortunately, he had to take a deferment for that academy class. During his deferment, his youngest brother Toby was fighting terminal cancer. Toby passed away
on April 9th, 2003, leaving behind a wife, a 7 year old daughter, and a soon to be born son. Thankfully, Judge Johnsen is blessed to have them close by to this day. In 2011 Ohi went back to school at SUNY Empire State College for a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, focusing on Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism. Although working full time, he also took course work full time and graduated in February of 2014. Judge Johnsen served from 2013-2016 as the Saratoga County Magistrates Association Vice President, and served as a NYSMA Director from 2014-17. He then filled a Director’s vacancy on the board from June 2018 to September 2018. In 2018 at our annual conference, Judge Johnsen successfully ran from the floor for the 3rd Vice President’s position. In
2019, he was elected as the 2nd Vice President of NYSMA, a position he held for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He was elected as the 1st Vice President at the 2021 annual conference in Niagara Falls, NY. On November 1st, 2022 at the annual NYSMA conference
in Saratoga Springs, NY, Judge Johnsen was unanimously elected as the 2022/23 President Elect.