Meet new Buffalo Grove Village President Eric Smith

Buffalo Grove has a new Village President, as Trustee Eric Smith was officially elected to the post in the municipal election held on April 4. Smith takes over for outgoing Village President Beverly Sussman, who decided not to seek re-election following eight years of service as President. 

Smith, a local chiropractor who has called Buffalo Grove home since 1988, describes his journey to become Village President as “a long and winding road,” having held a variety of leadership positions over the years.  

Smith has served on the Village’s Health Commission, Appearance Commission and Planning & Zoning Commission in addition to two non-consecutive stints as an interim Trustee in 2010, and again in 2017. Smith won his first election as Trustee in 2019 - a position he has held since. 

Smith has served as President of both the local Rotary Club and Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, and describes himself 
as a collaborator. He plans to use his perspective as both a resident and business owner to bring the Village Board, residents and businesses closer together to keep Buffalo Grove moving forward. 

“My goal is to make us, Buffalo Grove, the most respected and most desirable community in Illinois, both for residents to live here and for businesses to come here,” he said.

Smith says his immediate priorities are to oversee the completion of The Clove, the new Public Works Facility and infrastructure modernization program, along with working strategically to redevelop Chase Plaza. In addition, he noted the importance of recruiting the best possible police and fire staff to ensure the Village’s continued safety.