Sat. 9:45 p.m.: Niles mayoral incumbent faces former service director

NILES – Incumbent Mayor Steve Mientkiewicz will face former Niles City Service Director Jimmy DePasquale in the May 7 Democratic primary.

Mientkiewicz, 35, who served as 2nd Ward councilman for several years before being appointed mayor in August, said he was active in establishing the recovery plan that brought the city out of fiscal emergency. He said the key is planning ahead, and it is now expected that all department heads make strategic plans.

He said he wants to be transparent and honest about what’s going on in city administration. He has encouraged use of the Nixle alert system and other platforms to keep residents informed.

DePasquale, 64, said during his time as service director, he was instrumental in establishing the impound lot, which now helps fund the purchase of new equipment for the police department. He would like to expand safety forces to include an outpost at the Eastwood Mall, he said.

He said he also would like to annex more businesses into the city of Niles, especially those that use city utilities. He said the last time the city annexed property was Eastwood Field in 1995.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.