Buffalo Grove Bids Fond Farewell to Finance Director

Scott AndersonThe Village of Buffalo Grove is extending warm congratulations to Scott Anderson, a 27-year employee who will be the next Village Manager for the Village of Barrington. He will begin in his new role on June 3, 2019.

Anderson began his esteemed career as a Buffalo Grove police officer in 1992, and two years later was promoted to investigator. After obtaining a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in finance and accounting, Anderson was tapped in 1999 to fill a newly created assistant finance director position, under former Village Manager Bill Balling.

In 2006, Anderson was promoted to finance director when then Finance Director Bill Brimm became the Buffalo Grove village manager. Anderson recalled when current Village Manager Dane Bragg took over leadership in 2010 after Brimm’s retirement.

“When Dane came in as our village manager, it was apparent our budget was not sustainable after the Great Recession,” Anderson said. “Together, we were challenged to take a hard look at how the Village functioned, to determine how to save costs, and how to deliver services and utilize people differently - and more efficiently. I’m proud to say we accomplished that by working together as a team.”

Village Manager Bragg commended Anderson for his many achievements during his tenure.

“Scott’s efforts to restructure the Village budget through difficult economic times, manage debt, and maintain the highest level of service have been particularly valuable to the Village of Buffalo Grove,” Bragg said. “Additionally, his work on the development of the Suburban Liability Insurance Pool is a real example of leadership in the areas of innovation, cost reduction and regional leadership, which ultimately has saved the Village hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Anderson said the leadership he has worked under during his time in Buffalo Grove has provided him with invaluable professional opportunities that have laid a strong foundation to help him transition into his new role.

“There is a common thread in all of my experiences under three different village managers. Each has been supportive, challenged me, enriched me, and provided me the opportunity to grow outside of the positions I held. These opportunities have provided me with the skill-set I will eagerly utilize as Barrington’s Village Manager,” Anderson said. “It will be bittersweet leaving Buffalo Grove; it’s a place where I was fortunate enough to create strong and lasting relationships with a superior staff and Village Board, as well as board and committee members, and dedicated volunteers.”

“We wish Scott the greatest success in his future endeavors. While we are thrilled for him and his new opportunity, he will be greatly missed by his Village colleagues and the Buffalo Grove community,” Bragg said.