After serving as an active liaison between the village government and the people of Riverside since October 2009, Village Manager Peter Scalera is resigning from his position in Riverside to become the next village administrator in Bloomingdale. Scalera is also a resident of Bloomingdale.
The Bloomingdale village board voted to appoint Scalera to his new post at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 18. Scalera will fulfill his final duties for Riverside on Oct. 15 and will then begin working in Bloomingdale.
West suburban Bloomingdale has 22,000 residents. While the town dates back to 1833, the community’s website says its major growth spurt began in 1975.
“Bloomingdale is a larger community than Riverside,” he said. “It has some of the similar challenges that Riverside faces with economic development and downtown revitalization and I’m going to have an opportunity to be an active part in that.”
During his time working in Riverside, Scalera says he has most enjoyed working alongside active citizens who are truly vested in promoting a healthy and successful community.
“It is a wonderful community; a very active, well-educated and concerned citizenry who cares about what happens to their community and the betterment of the community and I’ve enjoyed working with the village officials and the village staff,” he said. “It’s just been a very positive experience.”
As for his successor, Scalera hopes the next village manager remains charismatic and true to the spirit of Riverside.
“[My advice is for] someone who is patient, a good listener and someone willing to put in the work to see the results,” he said.
After earning his bachelor’s in political science from DePaul University, Scalera worked as an aldermanic aide in Chicago for three years and became the assistant to the public works director for Glencoe in April 1999. He was promoted to assistant to the village manager in Glencoe in January 2001 and later became the town’s assistant village manager in January 2006 before coming to Riverside. Scalera also holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.