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Buffalo Grove parks leader Schimmel retiring; deputy set to take over

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    Dan Schimmel
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Daily Herald report

Buffalo Grove Park District Executive Director Dan Schimmel will retire at the end of the year, the district announced Monday, ending a nearly 24-year run with the district that included roles in the construction of the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center and Buffalo Grove Golf and Sports Center facilities.

When he steps down in December, Schimmel will be replaced by the agency's current deputy director, Ryan Risinger, according to the park district.

"We are all going to miss Dan -- the board, staff, community leaders, and residents," said park board President Jack Schmerer. "But, this is a joyous transition, because Dan leaves a legacy of excellence that he has shaped during his 24 years at the Buffalo Grove Park District."

Prior to be named executive director in 2010, Schimmel served as the department head for the recreation and facilities departments, according to the district. He came to Buffalo Grove after serving five years as superintendent of recreation for the Hanover Park Park District, and also spent time with the St. Charles, Elmhurst, Glenview and Des Plaines park districts.

"The Buffalo Grove Park District has been a wonderful place to serve," Schimmel said in a statement released by the district Monday. "First and foremost, the board and staff are united in their commitment to service and to excellence.

"In addition, I've been lucky enough to work with people who looked at challenges as opportunities to try new things," he added. "We weren't afraid to be creative and to try something new and different. Finally, the people that I work with are like family. They work hard, they're fun to work with, they're smart, and they're always willing to help out. I will miss those relationships the most."

Schimmel said he looks forward to spending time with family, pursuing hobbies and traveling during retirement.

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