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Lake in the Hills names new finance director

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:07 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, May 24, 2013 12:15 a.m. CST

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The village’s new finance director is a familiar face.

Assistant Finance Director Robert Miller was promoted Thursday to finance director, replacing Pete Stefan, who became finance director in DeKalb County.

Miller was one of 76 applicants for the job. Ten of those applicants were interviewed, according to a memo to the Village Board from Village Administrator Gerald Sagona.

“Miller, through his candor and commitment, was selected as the individual who would be best suited to serve the financial interests of the community,” Sagona wrote.

Miller has filled in as interim finance director since Stefan left, and he did so once before in 2007 during a leave of absence, “on both occasions proving his competency, fiscal prudence and demonstrating enthusiasm for the position,” Sagona wrote.

Miller has worked for the village for 14 years after spending time in the private sector. Miller has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from DePaul University.

Miller has sound financial record keeping and decision-making ability that led to his promotion from accountant to assistant finance director in 2003, Sagona wrote. Miller is continuing his education through the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association.

“Mr. Miller’s commitment to the village and the rapport he has established with staff compliment the intimate knowledge he has of our policies and procedures, financial state and future goals, making him a uniquely qualified and most appropriate candidate for selection as the village’s finance director.”

Miller will earn $100,000 a year.

Michael Magnussen also was named Thursday as the building commissioner starting June 21 at $75,000 a year. He was one of 65 people to apply for the job, and nine to interview.

Magnussen has worked in Mount Prospect as building inspector and in West Dundee as the chief building official.

The village also updated regulations for how boats, trailers and recreational vehicles are stored from December through March.

The vehicles now have to be placed on asphalt, concrete, brick pavers or patio blocks approved by village staff. Previously, recreational vehicles were required only to be placed in rear or side yards, according to a memo to the Village Board from Community Development Director Dan Olson.

The surface also has to be at least 9-by-18 feet.

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