A longtime village employee and graduate of Buffalo Grove High School has been promoted to deputy director of public works in Buffalo Grove. Michael Skibbe will assume the position Dec. 23.
“Mike’s 15 years of experience with the Public Works Department provides the department with a strong administrative and operational background,” said Public Works Director Mike Reynolds. “Mike has championed technological innovation and leading edge work processes within the Public Works Department. That attitude will benefit the department as we strive to become more accountable and efficient in our daily operations.”
Skibbe will replace Rick Kuhl, who retires Dec. 20 after 38 years of service to the village. Skibbe will assume his new duties on Dec. 23.
Skibbe graduated from Buffalo Grove High School and has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in management from Valparaiso University.
Skibbe was hired in 1998 as a part-time engineering aide and became a full-time employee in 2004. In 2006 he was promoted to civil engineer. Throughout his years in Buffalo Grove, he has participated in leadership, engineering and public works operations training through the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and Professional Development, International City Management Association, the American Public Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Illinois Section of the American Waterworks Association.
He also serves as the Secretary for the Lower Des Plaines Watershed Planning Council.
Village Manager Dane Bragg lauded Skibbe for his talent and vision, stating “Mike has proven himself invaluable in the field of public works. We look forward to building on his current talent and future potential in his new role.”