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Neukirch Resigns as Buffalo Grove's Deputy Village Manager

Ghida Neukirch, who has worked for the village since 1999, has accepted a position at the City of Highland Park.

Buffalo Grove’s deputy village manager resigned this week after 13 years with the village to accept a similar position in Highland Park.

said her move is a “wonderful opportunity” to work in what she described as “a progressive municipality.”

“I think the hardest part about it is leaving friends and people who I respect so much,” she said.

Neukirch was hired by Buffalo Grove in 1999 as an assistant to the village manager. She was promoted to deputy village manager in 2006.

In that capacity, she has overseen economic development, negotiating more than a dozen incentive agreements and working on residential developments and shopping center redevelopments. Most recently, she coordinated the with six other municipalities. The program, which was approved by referendum in all seven towns, resulted in lower electricity supply charges for participants.

She also as Buffalo Grove's village manager in 2010, filling the gap between the departure of Bill Brimm and the .

The first village staff liaison to the village’s Arts Commission, she oversaw programs such as the Invitational Fine Art Festival, , the and Limelight Cafe, which provided performance opportunities for youths and adults.

She praised Buffalo Grove’s committed volunteers who make such programs possible.

“Buffalo Grove has over 150 volunteers who are really hardworking and just committed to the village,” she said.

“It’s been such a great opportunity to work with so many residents and businesses ... and advance the community in that regard,” she said.

“We have an extremely lean organization. Everyone works so hard,” she added, describing Buffalo Grove’s professional staff as “efficient and cost effective.”

Neukirch will spend her last day at work opening and staffing the Invitational Fine Art Festival on July 21. Another village employee will oversee the second day of the festival, she said.

She will assume her duties as Highland Park's deputy city manager on Aug. 1. As they did in Buffalo Grove, her responsibilities will include project management and overseeing communications and economic development. New duties will include working with youth and senior service departments and the clerk’s office, she said.

Ed Muldoon July 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Utterly competent, always prepared, never ruffled, and always with that wonderful smile. Ghida, you will be missed. All the best.
J July 09, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Ghida is and will always be considered a top notch Buffalo Grove Employee. What she was able to accomplish, over the 13 years, is amazing. She is the perfect candidate to be a B.G.Trustee. or even the Village Manager. She treats everyone with dignity and respect. Sorry to see her go. . Best wishes Ghida! We know you are not too far away...maybe you'll be back one day!
Alan Nudelman July 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Ghida - all the best to you in your new position. I'm sure you'll do great things there, just as you've done here. We'll miss you!
Why is it that some people can't post anything without having to put a 'slam in' about someone from their past they didn't agree with and, ultimately, whatever the alleged transgression it was shown to be a 'non-issue'? Just askin ...
I guess the Highland Park Mayor could be #1 trusted official in Illinois, but I'd never heard of her till now. I know of other women mayors and villiage presidents, etc over the last few decades. Some did fine, some were as political and vindictive as any man. Did some research on this lady mayor and hope she fulfills her campaign promise to help those that prior administration milked for tons of money to do sewere abatement work.
Lisa Stone July 09, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Grand High: The information I've provided below will acquaint the public with Nancy Rodkin Rotering - Highland Park's 1st female Mayor. Even more remarkable than her impressive education, is her incredible down to earth, home town personality and warmth. She reached out to me early on and encouraged me to hang in there and believed in me, when anonymous people like you, without knowledge, simply told me & the public how wrong I was. Over the years I've learned who the "real deal" statesmen are from the politicians, in a way that no other elected official in Illinois has experienced. Nancy Rodkin Rotering is an exemplary mentor to many and my friend. http://www.mayornancyrotering.com (next)
Lisa Stone July 09, 2012 at 08:56 PM
(con't) Nancy Rodkin Rotering: City of Highland Park Mayor · May 2011 to present City of Highland Park Councilman · May 2009 to May 2011 · Highland Park, Illinois State of Illinois Legislative Aide to State Representative Karen May · Feb 2008 to Sep 2010 McDermott Will & Emery Attorney · Jun 1990 to Jul 1998 · Chicago, Illinois Health Care Law General Motors Health Benefits Financial Analyst · Aug 1985 to Aug 1987 · Detroit, Michigan Mayo Clinic Adminstrative Resident · Jun 1984 to Sep 1984 · Rochester, Minnesota University of Chicago Class of 1990 · JD · Chicago, Illinois Northwestern University MBA · Kellogg Graduate School of Management · Evanston, Illinois Stanford University Class of 1983 · Economics · Stanford, California Highland Park High School Class of 1979 · Highland Park, Illinois
Impressive! However, all I said was I hoped she lived up to the promises she made to get elected. Too many in politics are all 'bait and switch' like a felonious car dealer.
Abigail July 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Well, I agree with Lisa that Ghida should have been appointed village manager of BG, a position for which she is well qualified, and a lot of people voiced that opinion at the time. Now the village is losing an excellent asset and it will be very difficult to replace her.
Lisa Stone July 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Grand High: Finally, we've found common ground! That's essentially what I've been posting about for years! Nancy is not anything like the majority of politicians. She and I became friends when we were both elected officials, as we were both similar in spirit. Her education is intense and she clearly is brilliant, but she doesn't "talk it" or act above anyone....it's unusual to have the credentials and knowledge she beholds, yet is totally down to earth and normal! On record, I am very scrutinizing of people that make promises and don't keep them... particularly to the public that elects and trusts their word. It's outrageous to breach that bond of trust!! Nancy truly is in a league of her own. Trust me - anyone that knows me well, understands that I've known of Nancy's proven integrity for a very long time. Given what I went through with Recall, it separated the boys and girls from the men and women in our neck of the woods, I can confidently say that Nancy would be an exemplary President of the United States of America, if she ever thought or chose to run one day. 100% Legit. Hilary is from Park Ridge, so you never know! Senator Susan Garrett is solid as well. State Representative Sid Mathias also stands strong - he speaks softly but carries a big stick. These 3 Officials have demonstrated that they are truly worthy of our trust and in Illinois that's unique. In my "Book" they are "Rock Star" Representatives of the People....the real deal. (next)
Lisa Stone July 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM
(con't) In my humble opinion, Nancy, Susan & Sid are on both sides of the aisle and are of the people, by the people, and for the people. I have no doubt. The Gettysburg Address Gettysburg, Pennsylvania November 19, 1863 On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner commented on what is now considered the most famous speech by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called it a "monumental act." He said Lincoln was mistaken that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." Rather, the Bostonian remarked, "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech." "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. (next)
Lisa Stone July 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM
(con't) "But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." While Susan is retiring from an exemplary tenure as State Senator let's hope that Nancy & Sid are representing all of us for a long time, as Illinois needs help in the integrity department....big time! I personally know all of them and have seen great demonstrations of integrity, which I don't hand out that compliment to most politicians, as memorialized over the years. I don't work for anyone, they're all on varying sides of the aisle, so I just tell it like it is, and NOBODY owns my opinion. Never have, never will. You can take that to the bank or OTB! ;)
J July 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM
This article is about Ghida and not about Lisa's thoughts and poitical views. Be respectful to her if you respect and praise her as you say you do (from above) by staying on the topic of the article. Thank you.
1 final comment ... I personally wouldnt' want to be associated with 'Hilary' of the North Shore. She's a consumate politician herself and through her less then stellar husband. Both epitomize, to me, why we should have term limits for all elected positions everywhere and even limitations on appointed positions. 'nuff said ... enjoy your new position Ghida!!!!!
Lisa Stone July 10, 2012 at 04:38 PM
J: Ghida knows how I feel about her, and Nancy knows how I feel about Ghida. Just stay out of it J.... at least until you have a "Big" name. As they so, "Go Big or Go Home!" Try another letter or two, baby steps, to get the "feel" of name ownership... and then go full Birthright! I can't even imagine going by L, I'd feel my self esteem was in danger, but whatever floats your boat is truly fine with me, so long as you're not hurting children on the comment boards. By the way, Ghida is a great Mom, as is Nancy....but there I go again! I'm just me, "J" and until you "man up" and use a name, don't tell women what to do! And when you do....a confident woman won't take orders but will: 1) Take your opinion under consideration 2) Look up (as my friend-Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina's Dad advised him early in life), and last, 3) State the truth and facts supporting that truth. I could write chapters about Ghida and now that she has resigned from Buffalo Grove Politics, I'm hoping that we can finally go for lunch and hang out like normal people can! Buffalo Grove rules didn't allow for Ghida and I to have lunch without Bill Brimm's notification and possibly their bloggers or cameras on us! Hopefully, Ghida will join Nancy and I next time we have lunch at Wildfire. I've already suggested it to Nancy and as it goes, the rest will be history! Ghida is "rock star" in my book, along with BGPD Chief Steve Balinski & Chief of Health/Building & Zoning, Brian Sheehan.
J July 10, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Ms. Stone, I have been very respectful and do not derseve to be responded to in the manner that you have choosen.. Be careful with your words as they are borderline bullying From this point on, I am requesting that you leave me alone. ---- Ghida ...Best wishes again.
chuck posniak July 10, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Ghida Buffalo Grove is losing its #1 employee. You will be missed. Best wishes to you. Please come back and visit us.
Lisa Stone July 10, 2012 at 08:27 PM
J: Adults understand that if you can't take the heat then stay out of the kitchen....or comment boards, in this case. I am trying not to expose that I'm LOL at your lack of real "Bad Lass" if you know what I mean. But, who knows if you're just a boy? In my family even a 15 year old kid signed his "BirthRight name" to his credible comments, as it apparently felt weak not signing his freedom of speech opinion, which is legendary as you know. Just ask Hipcheck16, as you may know him. UncleW, though strong like a man, was just a 15 year old boy and was MORE than bullied by Hipcheck16. We won't talk ip addresses here, as it's unimportant at the moment. Suffice it to say, you need to grow a thicker skin "J" apparently as well as other body parts, such as backbone. When you do, come back and let us all know your Birthright in this Country, and others, thank G-d.....to say your peace. If you want to discuss matters on this Comment Board, except my form, and I'll consider your lack of substance. By the way.....my book title is up in the air, hopefully not filled with volatile organic compounds (VOC's) with transparent rays of sunshine. Just look outside each morning when you get your newspaper for the title, or on Buffalo Grove Patch, my favorite news source for honest news, and chance for interactive commentary. One title I'm considering is "Battled, Beaten but never Broken: The Recall of former Trustee Lisa Stone, of Buffalo Grove Illinois 60089" Zip codes are key!
Janet Sirabian July 10, 2012 at 09:10 PM
If you truly have respect for Ghda, please do not do that to her. Please do not ruin her chances of success in her new position.
Mark Bushey July 10, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I love how an article written in praise of a person gets filled with comments from the attention whore of Buffalo Grove. Get over yourself and let Ghida enjoy the praise.
StandToReason July 10, 2012 at 09:25 PM
A book? That’s rich! How about this instead – “Recall! The Musical!” A delightful romp in which BG’s hapless heroine sings her way to infamy. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and your ears will be filled with the sweet sounds of many musical numbers including “False Accusations”, “I Don’t Care (What The Water Tests Say)”, and “Who Needs Proof When You Got Innuendo?” And nobody should miss the grand finale "Buh Bye Now" featuring a chorus of over 8000 voices in perfect harmony! EPIC!!!
Mark Bushey July 10, 2012 at 09:29 PM
8,000 voices? I believe the population of Buffalo Grove is around 42,852... so subtract the size of the Stone's and their spawn, and it be closer to 42,850 voices,
Lisa Stone July 10, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Janet: I'm friends with her boss, Nancy. Fate brought us together, only because we were both elected officials and are similar in our fight for truth and honor in government. One official to another...no other history prior to that. That's how it should be, I believe. No "clubs"...just honest people. All the issues in Buffalo Grove were/are being watched by some really exemplary Statesman in government. There are some. You know. Ghida will finally be able to thrive....away from you. And without fear. With the sun shining each and every healthy day. See ya Janet Sirabian. Just make sure to keep your hands on the Keys to the Village of Buffalo Grove! You left the door open again just a few months ago! I hope your car was safe in your garage at home to indicate that nobody was "walking" into the Village where our 63 million dollar a year budget is open. Truly...that is epic. The Shaw missing audio tape is legendary because of gals like you as Clerk. Nancy Rodkin Rotering is the kind of woman we need in government....and she's not a Village Clerk that's not elected for her opinion. She's the first female Mayor EVER of Highland Park Illinois, the most happening suburb in Illinois....where their retail tax revenue is endless and Ghida can take her genius & really show what she's made of! Working next to another brilliant woman, Nancy. Go team Highland Park! Show Buffalo Grove how to do it....just let us catch up with a little Democracy (and more) in Action!
Janet Sirabian July 10, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Actually, yes I do leave the door to my office open when I am in the office, but my comment was not about ME or YOU. My comment was about Ghida and a request that you allow her to be successful in her new position.
chuck posniak July 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM
And 80% of the voters in Ms. Stone's district said that she was the least trusted elected official ever in the state of Illinois. Ms. Stone was and still is the only eleceted official in the state to be recalled in Illinois. I hope that Nancy is a good mayor, but I wouldn't trust anything that Ms. Stone says. But I thought that this story was about Ghida, who will be greatly missed in Buffalo Grove, too bad that Ms. Stone has so much trouble staying on track and had to turn this into a political attack on her former board members.
J July 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Ms. Stone,for the last time, LEAVE ME ALONE. Stop harassing me.
Mark Bushey July 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I can't believe you are still citing HipCheck16... didn't you lose that appeal? And saying that you are signing your birthright name to "credible comments" is ludicrous. Nothing that you have said or done can be considered credible.
Lisa Stone July 18, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Janet: When you leave the entire Village Hall open that is much different than leaving the door to your office open...please realize the difference and change dangerous habits. The Village Hall is not your home or office and given our budget of approximately 63 million/year, & documents that are critical to our citizens, you must consider why you continuously leave the doors unlocked to our government. While you take this personally, so do we the people, as it is OUR documents that we entrust in your apparently careless hands. Get with the program or get out of the way, respectfully. Thankfully, you are no longer part of the "issue" that was stifling Ghida's burning bright future. Trust me, she's free at last. Free from people like you, your interesting perspective of government trust and your blatant "old school" politics. Soon to be, "Highland Park Ghida", is entering a sunny environment where she can breathe and thrive. Her smile alone exposes her kindness and authenticity which I felt at "Hello." Jan, perhaps you should check out your smile, reflect and contemplate....but please, please get a key chain already, pin it, wear it or do something so you can keep hold of it! You've left the Village Hall open at least twice that we know of and that is 2 times too many. Own that. Take pride in your practically uncontested Clerk position. Doing it right the first time is my motto and secret of success. It's not about winning, but simply with honor & conscience.
RELENTLESSCRITIC July 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Yep, you sure followed your own motto of doing it right the first time...WHEN IT CAME TO SCREWING UP AND GETTING YOURSELF RECALLED, Jan should take pride in getting re-elected and rarely being contested. She has done an outstanding job in a difficult and demanding role that few people want. Thankfully, she's done so, and done it so well that residents will forgive the rare mistake. Unlike you, who couldn't do anything right as a trustee except be unruly, disruptive and inept. You're just angry, spiteful, jealous and envious of her long -time success in the role because you couldn't hold on to your own elected position for even half your term. Residents will tolerate honest mistakes from an otherwise talented and hard working elected official. They won't- and didn't- tolerate ineptitude, self centered grandstanding and buffoonery. You got that right the first time, didn't you?
J July 21, 2012 at 01:15 AM
L- In revisiting your comments, about this article, my observation is that you are unhappy with B.G and the way the Village is being run. You and the present Mayor of Highland Park seem to have hit it off and she has been encouraging you to hang in there (based on your words). It sounds like you wil be much happier living in HIghland Park and work with the government officials over there. When your children are ready to go to college, you may want to give this some serious thought. Use your energy to advocate for an area where you may actually have a chance of making a difference and with the relationship you have identified, you may have more credibility an thus more of a chance to succeed. -J

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