When Eric Smith was sworn in Monday night as Buffalo Grove's newest trustee, replacing Steven Trilling, who stepped down when he moved to Northbrook, it was not a new experience.
He had been through the drill before, having been appointed by then-Village President Elliott Hartstein in 2010 to fill the term of former Trustee Lisa Stone after she was recalled by the voters.
Trustee Jeffrey Berman, noting how Smith had taken over during "particularly trying circumstances and during a particularly difficult period of time," commended Village President Beverly Sussman on her choice.
Smith, who has years of expertise on the planning and zoning commission, lately as chair, said he values his previous time on the board. "I enjoyed it. That's why I put my name in again," he said.
During a meet-and-greet and sharing of a huge cake prior to the meeting, Smith said he expects to fit in with all the board members.
"I have been in leadership positions in everything I have done over the 29 years (in the community)," he said. "I am not just a Rotarian. I was the president. I'm not just a chamber member. I was the president. You don't get to those positions without getting along with people."
"I think he will do an excellent job," Sussman said, pointing to his prior experience on the planning commission.
His wife, Judie, as well as his children and grandchildren were present for the swearing in. "I think he will be wonderful at helping to move the village forward in the right direction," she said.