The Williamson County Commission voted to appoint Josh Brown this week to fill a vacancy on the Williamson County School Board. Brown is a national vice president for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer – sparking major backlash from parents in Williamson County.
Brown is a graduate of Williamson County Schools and has three children who attend school in the district. However, Brown’s profession is the issue that has several parents unhappy about his appointment.
During the county commission meeting that the board appointed Brown, Williamson County parent Jeff Price reacted to the county commission’s selection of Josh Brown to fill a vacancy on the school board, saying “There’s too much stink going on here. A representative for Pfizer. Really? It stinks. It stinks. It stinks.”
Brown is also facing criticism from some parents for having multiple friends on the commission who voted for him over two other candidates. At the same county commission meeting, Brown responded to those allegations, saying, “I’m not going to apologize for who I work for.”
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 in August of 2022.
Brown was one of five candidates seeking to replace Fiscus who did not return The Star’s requests for comment last week to share their views on COVID-19 mask mandates in schools. Brown also declined to say whether K-12 public schools should teach Critical Race Theory.
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