It turns out that Brookfield Village President Kit Ketchmark didn’t have far to look for someone to fill the term of the late Cathy Colgrass Edwards, the Brookfield village clerk who died suddenly on Aug. 5 at the age of 68.
At the village board’s meeting on Aug. 24, Ketchmark swore in Brigid Weber, one of Edwards’ closest friends and the person who preceded her as the village’s elected clerk for seven years.
“She was the obvious choice,” said Ketchmark, who said the decision to appoint Weber was reached through consensus between the two sides shortly after Edwards’ death.
After being sworn in by Ketchmark, Weber immediately took her old seat next to the president and jumped back into the clerk’s role, calling roll, taking notes and recording votes.
“[Monday’s meeting] was bittersweet,” Weber said. “[Edwards] should have been there. But everyone was saying, ‘Cathy would have wanted it this way,’ so how do you say no to that?”
Asked if she’d consider another run for clerk after filling out Edwards’ term, Weber said she wouldn’t rule it out.
“It’s always a possibility,” said Weber, who works as a real estate broker for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. “As of right now, two years would be good.”
A member of the PEP Party, Weber was first appointed as Brookfield’s clerk in September 2006, following the resignation of Daniel Raddatz. She was elected to the position in 2007 to fill out the remainder of Raddatz’s term and re-elected in 2009 for a full four-year term, defeating Bill Russ.