Buffalo Grove has bid goodbye to three longtime employees.
Deputy Building Commissioner Carol Berman, Deputy Village Clerk Carol Lieber and Deputy Public Works Director Rick Kuhl were honored at a recent village board meeting.
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Berman began her career with the village building department as a clerk in 1987. She was later promoted to permit coordinator and, in 2009, to her latest post.
The proclamation, which was read by village President Jeffrey Braiman, states that she significantly contributed to the growth of the village, as the number of permits issued during her tenure exceeded 47,000, including 3,500 for new single-family homes. In addition, she has been staff liaison to the Arts Commission since 2006 and to the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce since 2012.
"It's just been a privilege to serve the village, and I'm looking forward to a wonderful retirement," she said.
Lieber started with the village in 1989, supporting the deputy village clerk for the past 23 years on all matters related to records management and licensing, until she took over her latest post with the retirement of her predecessor, Jane Olson, in March.
In her role coordinating data management, she supervised the alarm registration program and administered local ordinance violations, working as well with those making Freedom of
Information Act requests. She also represented the village in such committees as Buffalo Grove Days.
Village Clerk Janet Sirabian said that she "provided invaluable support to the village clerk."
"I'm going to miss everybody," Lieber said. "I've had a wonderful career here, and it's just now time to take a little relaxation for myself."
Kuhl began his association with Buffalo Grove in 1975 as a CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) employee. In 1976, he was recruited as a maintenance worker. In 1987, he was appointed to forestry and grounds supervisor, moving on to superintendent of public works operations in 2005 and, finally to deputy director of public works in 2008. He has served in leadership positions with a variety of public works organizations throughout the area and state.
"It's been a good ride," he said. "It's been fun, and I appreciate the opportunities they gave me."