Pfizer exec named to Williamson County School Board, TN upsetting some parents~OMG questions Josh Brown, Pfizer National VP, Govt. Relations at Williamson Co. School board
Pfizer exec named to Williamson County School Board, upsetting some parents
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Williamson County Commission voted to appoint Josh Brown to fill a vacancy on the Williamson County School Board - but not without some controversy.
Brown is a graduate of Williamson County Schools and has three children who attend school in the district. But Brown's profession is the issue that has several parents unhappy about his appointment. He is a National Vice President for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.
"You care not about the division you are causing in this county," parent Robin Steenman said to the commission. "You are not listening to we the people. If you will not listen we change who is listening in 2022."
"There's too much stink going on here," parent Jeff Price said. "A representative for Pfizer. Really?"
Brown is also facing criticism from some parents for having multiple friends on the commission who voted for him over two other candidates. Brown responded to the allegations.
"On any issue related to my employer I'm going to recuse myself if there is a conflict of interest," Brown told the commission before the vote. "I'm not going to apologize for who I work for. I'm not going to apologize for living here all my life and knowing some of you people on the commission. If that's the criticism I guess I can't do much about that."
Brown will serve the rest of the term representing District 4 on the school board after Brad Fiscus, the husband of Tennessee's former vaccine director, resigned last month. The next election for the seat will be August of 2022.