City of Highland Park Appoints New Interim Councilmember

Alison P. Smith was appointed to the Highland Park city council on Dec. 12. – City of Highland Park photo

After given approval by the city council, Mayor Nancy Rotering appointed Alison P. Smith, to act as an interim city councilmember.

The appointment was made during the Dec. 12 regular city council meeting.

Smith fills the vacant seat held by former Councilman Paul Frank who was recently elected as a Lake County Commissioner. The term will run into May 2017, at which time a new city council member will be sworn in.

Smith, a 15-year resident of Highland Park, reportedly advised the city that she will not run in the April 2017 municipal election.

Alison is recognized throughout the community for her dynamic leadership and balanced approach to issues. She brings a record of experience in complex problem-solving, a passion for public service and an incredible work ethic. She will be a strong addition to the council.” – Mayor Nancy Rotering

“I am grateful and honored to serve the community that my family and I call home,” she stated. “As a nursing and public health professional, I hope that my outlook on issues related to safety, access, prevention, and the social determinants of health such as education, nutrition, and housing, will help inform and advance the city’s priorities.”

Smith works as a senior advisor and independent consultant for C-Change, which is devoted to solving cancer’s toughest issues through collaborative thought and action.

She is said to be a proven healthcare executive, consultant, and clinician with a record of successfully leading and facilitating impactful initiatives.

The city said Smith has been recognized for her ability to collaborate with board members, national experts, clinicians, and community members to drive systemic change.

Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The John Hopkins University School of Nursing, and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health.

She has been actively involved in the community as a youth educator and worship volunteer at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, committee leader for Boy Scouts of America Troop 324, parent volunteer at Ravinia Elementary, Edgewood Middle and Highland Park High Schools, a freshman interview volunteer at Stanford University, and other impressive publications, community and professional involvement.

“Alison is recognized throughout the community for her dynamic leadership and balanced approach to issues.” said Mayor Rotering. “She brings a record of experience in complex problem-solving, a passion for public service and an incredible work ethic. She will be a strong addition to the council.”

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