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Historic All-Female Board of Supervisors Takes Office in Ferguson Township

Ferguson Township made history on Monday night, seating the first all-female board of supervisors in the municipality and in the Centre Region.

New supervisors Hilary Caldwell and Tierra Williams joined reelected incumbent Lisa Strickland in being sworn in by Centre County’s first female president judge, Pamela Ruest. They join Chair Laura Dininni and Ward III member Patricia Stephens on the five-member governing board.

Williams is also the first Black supervisor in Ferguson Township.

Hilary Caldwell was one of three Ferguson Township supervisors sworn in by Centre County President Judge Pamela Ruest on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Photo via Ferguson Township.

Caldwell, Strickland and Williams, all Democrats, were each elected in November over Republican opponents.

After the swearing in, the board held its 2022 reorganization meeting and its first regular meeting of the year, lasting about two and a half hours. The regular meeting included supervisors accepting the resignation of township Manager David Pribulka, effective Feb. 28, and approval of a search firm to conduct recruitment of a new chief administrator.

Lisa Strickland was one of three Ferguson Township supervisors sworn in by Centre County President Judge Pamela Ruest on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Photo via Ferguson Township.