TOWN OF BROOKFIELD – After spending over 13 years at the helm of the town of Brookfield, town administrator Rick Czopp’s replacement is a familiar face.
Tom Hagie will take over for Czopp at the end of this week when Czopp officially has his last day on the job.
Hagie — a consultant at Strand Associates in Madison — has served as the community’s town engineer since 2008.
“When Rick decided to retire, he and I talked for a little bit and after that I went through the application process and it seemed like a good fit,” Hagie said. “As far as the aspects of the town, I think it’s going to be exciting to learn about it more in-depth. I know a lot about the engineering and planning, but getting to know everything else will be good.”
The town board was unanimous in its decision to bring Hagie on board by a 5-0 vote at its Feb. 7 meeting and town chairman Keith Henderson spoke highly of their selection.
"We know that he'll be able to pick it up quickly," Henderson said. "He already knows us and the people in the town."
Henderson noted that the town's upcoming annual meeting April 18 will be a good chance for residents to have a formal meet and greet with their new administrator.
"Hopefully people come and get to know him even better," Henderson said.
A native of West Allis who spent much of his youth in Genesee and now lives in Ixonia, Hagie has served as an engineering consultant for many communities during his engineering career and feels that he has ample knowledge of the public sector.
“My experience is mainly on the engineering side, but that includes a lot of the planning and budget stuff,” Hagie said. “My experience extends to many other clients that we’ve worked with.”
Czopp has worked with Hagie for much of his time at the town and is confident that his predecessor is up to the task.
“I’ve known Tom for 10 years and I think that he’s highly qualified to take over my position,” Czopp said. “He knows the town, he’s worked with the town employees and he’s very much a known factor. I think that he’s the perfect fit.”
When asked about his initial goals for the town, Hagie spoke of simply wanting to provide more of the same for the community.
“I think my main goal right now is just to continue to keep the town on its current course,” Hagie said. “Keep taxes low, make it a good spot for residents to live and a good spot for development.”
Hagie graduated from Kettle Moraine High School in Wales and earned his degree in civil engineering from UW-Milwaukee.
“I think that my background in engineering and planning gives me a good foothold and the rest I’ll pick up as I go,” Hagie said. “I’m excited for the opportunity and I look forward to continuing to provide for and service the town of Brookfield.”