WorkForce Central, a workforce development system serving Pierce County, has appointed Helen McGovern-Pilant as interim CEO, effective Dec. 16.

CEO Linda Nguyen announced in February that she would retire at the end of 2019 after 28 years at WorkForce Central. For the last 12 years, Nguyen served as CEO.

The executive board will continue its search for WorkForce Central’s next permanent CEO. An executive search firm is being procured through a formal bidding process, and the chosen bidder will conduct a nationwide search in 2020.

McGovern-Pilant has spent 35 years in the Tacoma/Pierce County community in entrepreneurial, not-for-profit, and corporate endeavors, and has had extensive involvement in community-based organizations both as a leader and active member. She also served as a City Council member for the City of Lakewood from 2001 to 2009, and was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Council in 2013.