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Buffalo Grove Names New Deputy Village Manager

Jennifer Maltas has been hired to replace Ghida Neukirch.

Buffalo Grove will gain a new full-time deputy village manager this month. The village announced this week that Jennifer Maltas will assume the position Jan. 21.

Maltas, who currently serves as assistant to the village manager in Deerfield, was selected from more than 125 candidates.

“There was an extraordinary pool of candidates but Ms. Maltas consistently demonstrated a high level of expertise and professionalism throughout the interview process. We look forward to her arrival in Buffalo Grove,” Village Manager Dane Bragg said in a statement.

The interview process included written exercises and a full day of assessment center activities – such as role playing, in-box exercises, and an impromptu budget presentation.

Maltas is a graduate of Bradley University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with minors in sociology and business studies. She earned a master’s in public administration in 2007 from Northern Illinois University.

She replaces . The village has had a temporary replacement for the past several months. 

“I am excited to take on the new challenge as the Village of Buffalo Grove’s Deputy Village Manager and I look forward to meeting staff and the residents of this excellent community,” Maltas said in a statement.

From 2007 until 2010, she worked for the Village of Schaumburg, specializing in budget and utility issues. She has held her current position in Deerfield since January 2010.

Throughout her career, she has served on many committees for both the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants (IAMMA) and Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA). Currently, she serves on the IAMMA Board as Treasurer and is the Chair of the Next Generation Outreach Committee for ILCMA.

In 2012, Maltas was nominated and recognized by her peers, receiving both the IAMMA Outstanding Service Award and the ILCMA Special Service award for her work with the American Cancer Society. Maltas is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society where she and her family have raised more than $145,000 for cancer research and programs in the last nine years in honor of her mother who passed away from breast cancer.

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