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Welcome new Hartford City Planner/Director of Community Development | By Steve Volkert

Hartford, WI – On May 31, 2023, Jacob Maas officially stepped into his position as the new City Planner/Director of Community Development for the City of Hartford.


Maas said, “I am originally from Lebanon, Wisconsin. I am a Watertown High School graduate (R.I.P. Little Ten Conference). I went to the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where I received a bachelor’s degree in Geography. The following fall, I attended Western Michigan University, where I received my master’s degree in Geography. Upon completion of my master’s degree, I moved to San Marcos, Texas to pursue a Ph.D. at Texas State University. While attending Texas State University I worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and was a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow. Unfortunately, I never
finished my Ph.D., but I did meet my wife.”

“I moved back to Wisconsin in 2010, and in early 2011 I took a job with the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. In 2014 I came back to this area, taking the Zoning and
Floodplain Administrator position at the City of Watertown,” said Maas, “In 2022, I left the City of Watertown for the Village of Menomonee Falls as a Planner/Zoning Administrator. Starting on May 31, 2023, I am now the City Planner/Director of Community Development for the City of Hartford.”

“My wife Claire, my sons Christian (14) and Barrett (6), and I currently reside in the North
Washington Street Historic District in the City of Watertown.”

Maas is a Certified Floodplain Manager and served as the Vice-Chair for the Wisconsin Association for Floodplain, Stormwater, and Coastal Managers (WAFSCM).

“Outside of work, home, and organizations, I find enjoyment in the outdoors and hanging out with my vast extended family (my father is 1 of 15, and my mother is 1 of 7) whenever possible,” said Maas.


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