Vice President Of Pfizer Fills Empty Williamson County School Board Seat

Photo: National Vice President of Pfizer, Josh Brown / Photo Credit: Facebook

The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –

Despite a petition with 1,335 verified signatures asking for the vote to be delayed, National Vice President of Pfizer, Josh Brown, was voted in as interim school board member for Williamson County’s District 4.

A packed room of Williamson County residents repeatedly asked the commission, during 30 minutes of public comments, to delay the vote. Robin Steenman of the Williamson county chapter of Moms For Liberty said, “You are not listening to “we the people.” If you will not listen, we [will] change who is listening in 2022.”

The seat had been open since the end of September when Brad Fiscus resigned in order to move out of state with his wife, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, after she was terminated from her position at the Tennessee Department of Health. When a school board seat is vacated before the term is up, it is the responsibility of the city commissioners to nominate a new candidate who will fill the position until regular elections are next held, in this case, in August 2022. 

District 4 Commissioner Chad Story, nominated Brown after interviewing all 10 applicants along with the district’s second commissioner, Gregg Lawrence. This list of applications was a secret until October 7th.

Robin Steenman, upon learning that Commissioners Story and Lawrence were nominating Brown, urged Williamson county parents to contact the commission and ask them to delay the school board vote until November. 

On Saturday, Chad Story and Gregg Lawrence, requested a delay of the vote, seemingly in deference to the will of the people, but then Story reversed his stance Monday morning. At the county commission meeting Monday night, he proceeded to read a prepared statement in favor of Josh Brown. Mayor Rogers Anderson called up the county attorney to explain why the committee was obligated by law to vote on the appointment that night. 

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According to Gary Humble of Tennessee Stands, “[the county attorney Mr. Moseley] referenced the Private Acts of 1972 (see SECTION 1(c) Paragraph 3) as stating that the county commission must vote to fill the vacancy at the ‘next regular meeting.’

The problem is that Mr. Moseley neglected to read the word QUARTERLY. The Private Acts of 1972 reference the “next regular QUARTERLY meeting.” The reason that is so important is because Williamson County no longer has a Quarterly County Court that meets quarterly. It now has a County Commission that meets monthly. Counties are obligated to state law and do not have the ability to create their own rules. So, when a Private Act is no longer controlling, the county must default to state statute.

In this case, controlling law over this process would be found at T.C.A. §5-1-104(b)(1) which states that counties have (120) days to fill the vacancy.”

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Humble stated, “This stunt [was] duplicitous and an outright lie to the community in an effort to mislead the public into thinking that the commission had ‘no choice’ but to vote. A lie…plain and simple.”

Before the vote Brown said to the commission that, “On any issue related to my employer I’m going to recuse myself if there is a conflict of interest.”

After many contentious school board meetings and a mask mandate in place until next year, despite Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order granting parents the right to opt out, it remains to be seen whether Brown’s promise will comfort concerned Williamson county parents. The Williamson County School Board is scheduled to meet next at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at the Williamson County Administrative Complex.

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About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and contributor to The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at paula@tennesseeconservativenews.com.

4 thoughts on “Vice President Of Pfizer Fills Empty Williamson County School Board Seat

  • October 14, 2021 at 3:53 pm
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    As a staunch conservative, a ‘Republican Voter’ and a life-long resident, I supported Josh Brown because I know him and his family…..for a long time. While I do not accept at face value, much of anything the W.Co. Commission or BOE does (Ronald Reagan said ‘trust but verify’), I can tell you all….Tennessee Conservative readers, Moms For Liberty and all principled and concerned, conservative parents, that Josh Brown has a long record of service to the local community! Anyone can see by his voting record, his active, hands on support of ‘REPUBLICAN’ candidates, that he is a strong Republican. While this DOES NOT mean as a staunch conservative that I will agree with every vote, it does most certainly mean that he is a ‘known’ nominee, and now sitting WCBOE member. I was intrigued by a letter to the editor in today’s Williamson Herald, from another nominee (nominated by District 5 Commissioner), who says that he was so happy with the news from “NPR” on election night, that America now had a ‘new leader’, that citizens of his ethnicity will now be in a “NEW AMERICA” (not working out so well for him or anyone in my opinion). But, does anyone wonder why our county…the so called ‘Strong Hold in Tennessee for Republicans’ has so many ‘closet’ liberals in leadership? Maybe it’s because so many ‘conservatives’ blindly attack fellow conservatives! Which reminds me of another of “Ronaldus Magnus’s” quips…. “Never say a negative word about a fellow Republican”. Democrats (and all their divisions) know and practice this everyday. Conservatives in Williamson Co. would do well to do the same.

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  • October 14, 2021 at 5:53 pm
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    are we talking about a guy whos company is putting death shots on the american people and killing them and now he sits on a school board ? RHINO?

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  • October 14, 2021 at 7:38 pm
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    WHY does a pharmaceutical OFFICER want to sit on a small county SCHOOL BOARD? Is this infiltration? I don’t care if he voted for Trump, he is SUSPECT. Pfizer has more and large medical malpractice suits than any company on record. One of the judgments was $2.9 BILLION!! This man is living a LIE, imo, and he now want to be where he can control what is being done-illegally- to children. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

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  • October 27, 2021 at 6:40 pm
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    While I am unfamiliar with Tennessee rules/laws in this case, I am OOOOOO so familiar with the tactic of slipping one over on the general, typically not paying attention, public. I don’t care how much you like someone or think you know them, this seems like an extreme over the top conflict about to happen!!!

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