Mark Johnson worked for more than two decades directing United Way charitable campaigns in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Alabama. In 2002, he joined the Mobile, Alabama police department. As a sworn officer--six years in uniformed patrol, six as a detective--Johnson was decorated for Excellent Police Duty (three times), Chief's Unit award, Meritorious Service, and Wounded in Service. He retired in 2014. His memoir, "Apprehensions & Convictions, adventures of a 50-year-old rookie cop" was published in 2016 by Quill Driver Books, an imprint of Linden Publishing, Fresno.