The village of Buffalo Grove recently started a Communication and Community Engagement Department, and simultaneously hired Molly Gillespie as its director.
The new department will centralize village-wide communications, support all departments and identify opportunities to leverage community engagement.
“We are excited about this new department and how it will enhance our services for Buffalo Grove residents and businesses,” Village Manager Dane Bragg said. “Ms. Gillespie’s unique combination of skills and knowledge base makes her the ideal candidate to develop communication strategies and establish key relationships to grow the village’s connection with the public and its partners.”
Gillespie was tapped to lead the department after 12 years in public service, including eight years serving in progressive communications roles with the city of Elgin. She has been involved with a wide variety of public service projects and has spearheaded several strategic communications campaigns.
According to village officials, Gillespie has been instrumental in developing a brand and social media presence for Elgin, while maintaining public relations and overseeing marketing efforts. Her work in social media growth and engagement earned her the Marguerite Henry Award for Communication/Technology in 2016.
Gillespie’s experience in communications and community engagement, specifically involving special events, municipal programs, weather events, and emergency situations, will be of great value to the Buffalo Grove community, officials said.
“I am honored for the opportunity to serve Buffalo Grove and look forward to building relationships throughout the community,” Gillespie said. “I’m eager to get started and build upon the strong foundation that already exists with the village’s communications and engagement efforts.”
The Communications and Community Engagement program was approved as part of the 2022 budget, consisting of two full-time positions, including a director and coordinator. The new department will oversee all communications including news releases, e-newsletters, social media, and newsletters while exploring other opportunities to engage with the community.
Gillespie holds a Bachelor of Science in tourism from Colorado State University.
Her starting salary will be $120,323.84.
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