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Mike Maxwell resigns from Town Board

Family plans to move out of town

Nov. 13, 2012

Town Supervisor Mike Maxwell is resigning his position, effective Nov. 20, so he and his wife, Georgia, can move to closer to Madison, where she works in the state Department of Workforce Development.

As of this week, town officials said there is no timetable for replacing Maxwell

The Maxwells plan to rent closer to the Capitol until they can build on a Delafield parcel they have owned for the past eight years.

"We knew that we wanted to eventually move to the land we own in Delafield, but because my wife is in a key position in the (Gov. Scott) Walker administration, this kind of hastened the move."

Maxwell told his colleagues Monday that he has enjoyed being part of the Town Board and the community.

Drawn to service

On Tuesday, he elaborated.

"We have lived in the town for the past 12 years," Maxwell said. "It is an absolutely unique place to live and work. It's an urban community with a town governance that has a high level of service and is operated without debt."

A native of Virginia who lived in Sun Prairie before moving to the town of Brookfield, Maxwell said, he and his wife wanted to have at least a couple acres on which to build. They also like the Delafield schools.

"It's a little difficult to find that kind of space in this area," he said. "We wanted a place to spread out to raise kids."

They have three children.

Maxwell has been a supervisor for the past three years. He said his neighbor and fellow board member John Schatzman recruited him.

"I've always had an interest in politics and the costs that affect taxpayers" said the bankruptcy lawyer.

Accomplished, challenged

While he noted that the town becoming debt free is a key accomplishment, he also said gaining the state's support for a tax-incremental financing district in the town hits a little closer to home. He noted that the possibility was planted in a conversation he and Georgia had with Walker during a 2010 Christmas party.

"We basically talked about what a TIF could mean to the town," he said. "There was a lot of work that came after that, so it isn't the only reason the district happened. We weren't the deciding factor in this. Great governance starts with a conversation - to embrace the opportunity."

Maxwell sees the town's biggest challenges as the completion of the agreement with Marcus Corp. to pave the way for the Von Maur anchor store at The Corners retail development and successfully incorporating.

"I see those as important issues. The town is in great shape with a responsible board and staff," Maxwell said.

He has not ruled out serving again.

"I think if there was a need and an opportunity, I would certainly consider it," he said.

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