Brown Co. health director resigns

Posted at 1:52 PM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 14:52:29-04

Brown County Health Director Chua Xiong has resigned a few months after she concluded the Shirley Wind Farm turbines can't be linked to health problems.

Neighbors of the Shirley Wind Farm in Brown County were upset by Xiong's ruling in December that there wasn't enough evidence to show turbines caused health problems. During a Jan. 27 meeting, Xoing said there isn't a comprehensive study on wind farm health impacts that the medical world has endorsed.

Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach has temporarily appointed Debbie Armbruster to serve as interim health director until a full recruitment is conducted to replace Xiong. 

Armbruster currently serves as a nurse manager with the department and was the former executive director of Hemophilia Outreach Center. Armbruster is also a registered nurse licensed by Wisconsin and has more than 40 years of experience as a health professional.

Xiong's last day as health director is Friday. Streckenbach said the search for a new director of health will start this week.

"I want you to know that while I have enjoyed my time here at the health department, I am ready to move on to the next phase of my career, " Xiong said in a statement sent to NBC26. "I have received an opportunity that I am excited about, and I know this opportunity will allow me to continue to grow professionally."

Xiong, who started working for the health department in 2002 and advanced through the ranks to become director, also said she is leaving the health department in good hands with Armbruster until a replacement director is found. 

“I wish Chua all the best in her future endeavors,” Streckenbach said.