Milwaukee mayor nominates Kirsten Johnson for next Commissioner of Health

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 17:47:28-05

CITY OF MILWAUKEE — Mayor Tom Barrett is nominating Kirsten Johnson for the city's next Commissioner of Health, subject to confirmation by the Milwaukee Common Council.

Johnson previously served as the Director and Health Officer of the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department, where she led that county's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also worked as a Health Policy Fellow and Advisor for Rep. Ron Kind (WI - District 3), where she developed health policy for Kind sitting the Ways & Means Committee.

“In her role as Commissioner, Kirsten Johnson will bring experience, knowledge, and commitment to the Milwaukee Health Department,” said Mayor Tom Barrett in a statement Thursday.

“Kirsten has an extensive history of leadership and service in the field of public health. Her expertise will strengthen the efforts of our health department as we continue to navigate the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic," according to the mayor.

The Commissioner of Health is in charge of preserving public health in the city, and has great influence on the city's response to the pandemic.

Marlaina Jackson has served as interim commissioner since Jeanette Kowalik resigned from the position last September.

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