The results led to political turmoil in the town, an outside investigation of the building department, and the abrupt retirement of the top building official.
Johns was suspended in August 2007 after hostile workplace complaints were made against him by the police chief, and he was fired in October following an outside investigation.
But in 2010, the town settled a $500,000 wrongful termination lawsuit in which Johns claimed his firing was the result of his work auditing the town's finances and blowing the whistle on fiscal improprieties. He was paid $225,000, rehired as the finance director and given a letter of commendation.
Johns agreed to resign the same day he was reinstated, and to give up the right to sue the town, council members, current and former employees, and contractors — but not the right to comment on the matter.
Neither party admitted to liability in the settlement.
Johns, who would have been 59 on July 21, was born in Redwood City to David Melville Johns and Helen Josephine Johns. He served in the Marines from 1978 to 1982 on the USS Thomaston and was awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal for his role in the rescue of 77 Vietnamese refugees in the South China Sea in April 1981.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, received a master of business administration degree from the University of Santa Clara, and was a certified public accountant.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Ann; son Stephen and daughter CeCe; sister Cyndi Crechriou; and brothers Joseph (his twin), Richard, T. Christopher, and James. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers D. Michael, Terrance, and Ronald; and a sister, Mary Jo Johns.
Services were held on June 16 in Menlo Park, with a gathering at Carpaccio restaurant after the services.
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