Bruce Hagen Biography
Bruce Hagen is an American politician who was born on June 21, 1946, and he is a former North Dakota, USA politician.
He served as North Dakota Public Service Commissioner from 1961 to 2000. He is known as the main Democratic gathering Public Service Commissioner ever to serve.
Bruce Hagen Age
Bruce was born on June 21, 1946, and died at the age of 73 years old in July 2019.
Bruce Hagen Wife
He was married to Lois.
Bruce Hagen Net Worth
In Forbes’s most recent report which is distributed in March 2019 and as per Wikipedia, Bruce Hagen’s total net worth is estimated to be worth, $ 12 million.
Bruce Hagen Death | Superior mourns the death of ‘great’ mayor
News of Superior’s former mayor Bruce Hagen’s death rippled through city hall Friday, July 26.
Hagen, 73, twice served as the city’s mayor, first from 1975 to 1987, and then from 2011 to 2017 when he retired from the post midway through his fifth term in office.
Hagen served as both the youngest and oldest mayor to serve the city. After leaving office in 1987, he went on to serve in state government as chief of staff to the governor, deputy secretary of the Department of Workforce Development, an unemployment insurance administrator and director of intergovernmental relations.
Hagen was just 28 when he left his job as a school district administrator to take office as the mayor in 1975.
Former City Councilor Ron Thoreson remembers working on Hagen’s first campaign for the seat that had once been held by his father, Lawrence Hagen.
“We would gather at his home in the East End and, in the days of car-top signs … we would take caravans and ride around the city and honk horns,” said Thoreson, who was 18 at the time.
Hagen went on that spring to defeat Charles Deneweth, who had defeated his father, said Thoreson, who served on the Council in the early to mid-1990s.
“I found him to be soft-spoken … and easy-going, and he had an interest in just trying to make the city better,” Thoreson said.
Among his many accomplishments over the years, Hagen will be best remembered for his work to establish the marina and hotel on Barker’s Island and his work to put the Belknap Street reconstruction project in motion.
Prior to Hagen’s work with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to begin planning the project, the crumbling highway that runs through the city of Superior wasn’t on anyone’s radar, Hagen said in 2012 when plans to reconstruct the highway were announced.
“He said we’re going to rebuild Belknap, and by God, we rebuilt Belknap,” Public Works Director Todd Jango said.
Jango was twice promoted from the streets division to assistant public works director and then to director during Hagen’s second run as mayor.
However, for former Superior Mayor Dave Ross, Hagen’s crowning achievement was Barker’s Island with the development of the marina and hotel.
“Hagen was the first modern mayor for the city of Superior … he wasn’t locked into the old-fashioned thinking,” Ross said.
And one of the things Ross said he appreciated was when Hagen stopped by his upholstery business in East End to offer encouragement during Hagen’s first tenure in office.
“He’s going to be sadly missed,” Ross said.
“Mayor Hagen was an amazing boss,” said Jean Vito, the city’s soon-to-be-retired finance director, and senior administrative officer. “In fact, that was my nickname for him, Boss. He cared about us as employees and he cared about the citizens of Superior. He so loved his community and was passionate about public service at the local government level.”
Vito said she was devastated when she heard of his death.
“Bruce we well respected by his administration,” Vito said.
Linda Cadotte, who was promoted to direct the city’s Parks Recreation and Forestry Department under Hagen, said one of the things she always appreciated about him was his willingness to listen.
“He was one of those guys that at the end of the day, he would be upfront with me,” Cadotte said. “He valued my opinion. He wouldn’t always go with it, but he heard, he was curious, he had great respect, and really utilized his team and set into their strengths.”
Cadotte said she most admired his many years of public service.
“He was just so, so committed to our community,” Cadotte said.
“He was a great guy,” Jango said.
“I think he was the best mayor the town has had,” Thoreson said. “Not taking away from anyone else, but I think there was an honest effort to still improve and grow.”
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