Scott Sanders leaves a big footprint on the Village of Roscoe


Scott Sanders

Scott Sanders has put his stamp on the Village of Roscoe as its administrator. Seven years ago, he was a successful landscape architect in the Rockford area. He was the owner of Sanders Design in Rockford, Illinois. Seven years ago, he felt ready to stretch his wings and pursue a change in careers.

In 2016, Sanders applied and was hired as the Village of Roscoe zoning manager.

Not long after, Village Administrator Patrick DeGrave handed in his resignation. Sanders threw his hat in the ring to replace DeGrave and was approved by the board.

He worked with contractors and design revisions and was very involved in making construction of the Jamie Ray Evans Public Safety Building a reality in 2015.

Now, after seven years, Sanders is moving on. In December 2023, he accepted a position at Fehr Graham Engineering and Environmental as a client manager. “I will be the point man representing Fehr Graham in serving municipal clients and park districts.”

Starting out the new year, former Village of Roscoe Attorney Joe Kurlinkus was approved to succeed Sanders as village administrator.

“I have loved working as Roscoe’s village administrator,” says Sanders. “I enjoyed working with the community, establishing positive relationships and working with the staff.”

“I hope I can continue my relationship with the village as a representative of Fehr Graham Engineering.”

Sanders grew up in Rockford, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in landscape architecture and urban planning.

He and his wife, Rachel, live in Rockford and have two children, Mac and Cooper.

Sanders said he feels very good about what he has accomplished. “The part that gives me comfort is staff. I think the village is in capable hands.”

He said Roscoe’s board of trustees is a truly dedicated group. “They are committed to what they do and in rejuvenating the downtown.”

He is optimistic about the board's involvement in making meaningful improvements to the downtown area. “It takes commitment.”

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