Fri. 10 p.m.: Extra day off in Niles nixed after backlash

NILES – A decision by the administration to give city employees an extra day off for the Easter holiday to raise morale was reversed Friday after it was widely panned by members of city council and the state auditor’s office.

Email exchanges show distaste for the plan to give employees Thursday off; it was called “ridiculous,” “nonsense” and a “bad, bad look” in a flurry of messages to Service Director James DePasquale after news of his decision began to spread.

“The consistent message from the administration has been that we are short-handed in several departments and unable to keep up with the flow of day-to-day business. It is hard to understand how giving extra time off and closing the departments that are to serve the public will help alleviate the problem of understaffing and overwhelming workload?,” wrote Councilman Barry Steffey, D-4th Ward.

The emails show DePasquale stood by his decision early Friday; however, he rescinded it in the afternoon.

Read more in Saturday’s Tribune Chronicle.