TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - A month after naming a familiar face to its town administrator position, the town of Brookfield took a similar approach toward its clerk position.

Former town clerk Jane Carlson announced her retirement in December and has been replaced by former deputy clerk Elisa Cappozzo.

Cappozzo has served in the clerk's office for just over five years and has previously worked as a legal secretary. Carlson's final day was March 3.

Cappozzo, a Waukesha native and Catholic Memorial High School graduate, declined to be interviewed. She has also been a resident of Elm Grove.

The town has also already filled Cappozzo's former position as deputy clerk. Melissa Von Eiss came on board in mid-February.

The town board unanimously approved Cappozzo's appointment Jan. 4 and her first official day was March 6.

"She has been with the town for five years and I can't think of anybody more qualified to take over Jane's position than Elisa," town of Brookfield supervisor Steve Kohlmann said.

Kohlmann noted that Cappozzo is not only qualified in her own set of skills, but also cited her close relationship with Carlson as having made her an obvious choice for clerk.

"She essentially was Jane's right-hand person, so she's more than qualified. She's very organized and she's been in the office, so she understands everything," Kohlmann said. "I think having Jane there as a mentor has allowed her to refine her skills and be ready to carry on Jane's organizational traits."

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