County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan announced in a press release Wednesday the appointment of Huong Nguyen-Hilfiger to the Dane County Board of Supervisors to represent the 14th District, filling the vacancy left by George Gillis, who stepped down when he moved out of the district. The full County Board will consider the appointment tonight. If approved, Nguyen-Hilfiger will immediately be sworn in and participate in the remainder of the meeting.
“I am honored to be appointed to the County Board,” said Nguyen-Hilfiger in a press release. “Supervisor Gillis represented the interests of the district well, and I look forward to continuing his good work and intend to seek to complete the term by standing for the special election in the spring.”
The Dane County Code of Ordinances authorizes the board chair to make a temporary appointment to fill a vacancy in the office of county supervisor, with confirmation by the full board, if the vacancy occurs early in the term, subject to a special election during the next regular spring election.
“I believe Huong will bring a valuable perspective to the County Board with her expertise in population health, particularly as so many of the difficult issues facing the Board share a public health component,” said Corrigan in a press release. “I am very pleased that three people stepped forward and expressed a willingness to serve, and believe Huong is best suited for the role,” she added.
Nguyen-Hilfiger holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University in New York, NY, according to a County Board press release. She works for Population Health Management at UW-Healthand lives with her husband Andrew and 2-year old son Isaac on Madison’s Southwest side.