Lemon Williams, a cybersecurity consultant and former District 28 Republican House candidate, will replace Judge Gerald Webb on the Erlanger Board of Trustees, according to a news release from the Hamilton County state legislative delegation.
Williams grew up in Chattanooga, graduated from Central High School and earned a degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville before launching his career in information technology - implementing risk management systems and cybersecurity programs for major corporations, governmental agencies and public utility companies.
The news release states that Williams is "well respected in his field" and has "contributed at the national level to the drafting of federal technology regulations."
Williams served at several large firms and was initially based in Houston and Seattle before returning to his hometown to launch Ionado Group, a consulting firm providing advanced cybersecurity solutions, services and strategies.
"The delegation is pleased to appoint Lemon Williams to the Erlanger Board of Trustees. Having someone with his expertise in cybersecurity will certainly be beneficial to the board and to the hospital. Lemon is committed to serving our public health hospital and recognizes their critical role in providing access to health care in our region. We are confident his service will be a plus for Erlanger and our community," said Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, R-Signal Mountain, chair of the delegation.
Erlanger Health System, the region's only public hospital system, is governed by an 11-member board of trustees who serve without compensation. The county mayor appoints six trustees with approval from the county commission, and the local legislative delegation appoints four trustees by a majority vote. The medical chief of staff also serves as a trustee.
Trustees are appointed for an initial four-year term and may serve for no more than eight consecutive years.
In the release, Hazlewood thanked Webb on behalf of the delegation for his service on the board: "We are indebted to Judge Webb for his contributions to the board of trustees. The hospital and the community have benefited from his insight and guidance, and we are grateful for his work."
The release states that Webb recently resigned before his term was complete. Webb joined the Erlanger board in July 2014.
The news release states that "Williams remains an active member of his college fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, and is the former philanthropy chair and immediate past chair UT Black Alumni Council. He is also a former member of the UT Alumni board of directors. The youngest of five siblings, all of whom live in the Chattanooga area, Mr. Williams has deep ties to the community and desire to give back to his hometown."
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