At its Oct. 19, 2011 meeting, the Washtenaw County board of commissioners appointed Felicia Brabec to the vacant board seat representing District 7, which covers Pittsfield Township. The vacancy resulted from the resignation of Kristin Judge, which took effect Oct. 9. There was no discussion on this item before the unanimous vote. Brabec received a round of applause and was immediately sworn in by county clerk Larry Kestenbaum.
Brabec was one of two candidates who applied for the job, along with Christopher Nielsen. Both Democrats live in Pittsfield Township and had been interviewed by commissioners at a public meeting on Monday, Oct. 17. Brabec has a doctorate in social work and a private practice but no previous government service. She had been encouraged by Judge to pursue the board appointment.
Brabec will serve until special elections are held in early 2012 – a primary on Feb. 28, and a special election in May. The winner of that election will serve the remainder of the term, through 2012.
This brief was filed from the boardroom at the county administration building, 220 N. Main St. in Ann Arbor. A more detailed report will follow: [link]