Buffalo Grove finance chief to step into role as Barrington village manager

The Barrington Village Board approved hiring the person who is to replace retiring Village Manager Jeff Lawler.

Scott Anderson, who is currently director of finance and general services for the village of Buffalo Grove, is set to start June 3 as Barrington’s top administrator after trustees approved him for the job at the May 6 Village Board meeting.

Anderson was selected after a national search spanning several months, according to village officials.

Before serving as director of finance and general services since 2006, Anderson was deputy finance director, after starting in Buffalo Grove as a police officer and detective.

Anderson holds a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University, according to a village of Barrington news release.

The release states that during his 27 years in Buffalo Grove, he created cost savings through consolidated services, enhanced data-driven financial reporting, improved customer service operations and began economic incentive agreements to increase sales tax revenues.

“During our extensive hiring process, Mr. Anderson rose to the top as someone who will bring fresh insights to Barrington and provide our village with continued excellence in fiscal management, as well as help propel us forward in numerous critical areas, including infrastructure improvements, customer service-driven programs, economic development, and organizational culture,” Village President Karen Darch said in the release.

Anderson said he looked forward to coming to Barrington and bringing even a higher level of village services.

“Barrington is very similar compared to where I’m coming from in Buffalo Grove, such as strong services delivery, a stable elected village board and history of strong management,” Anderson said.

His total 2019 base salary and benefits will be $213,701, according to village records.

Lawler was acting police chief in Barrington from 1997 to 1999 and police chief 1999-2009 before being named village manager.

“Jeff has been a wonderful, excellent, hardworking and dedicated village manager,” said Darch, after the May 6 meeting.

Looking back, he recalled helping guide the building of the public safety facility at 400 N. Northwest Highway that opened in 2000.

“It was one of the biggest developments in my career,” he said.

Barrington Police Chief David Dorn said he worked with Lawler for more than 20 years, describing him as “a great mentor.”

“As a police officer, I could look to Jeff for guidance when he was our chief. I then had the benefit of his leadership when he became the village manger,” Dorn said in an email.

Former Barrington Township supervisor and village Trustee Dave Nelson also praised Lawler.

“He handles himself great, a true gentleman and a quiet leader. We always enjoyed his good counsel and he has served well,” Nelson said.

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