Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

Niles Police Chief Dennis McEnerney and Fire Chief Steve Borkowski are both retiring in June.

At a special Niles Village Board meeting on June 13, Mayor Andrew Przybylo appointed former Broadview Police Chief Luis Tigera and current Niles Fire District Chief Marty Feld as the village’s next police and fire chiefs.

Village trustees awarded Borkowski and McEnerney severance agreements … which include three years of continued village health insurance in exchange for making themselves available as consultants to assist the new chiefs in their transitions.

Feld joined the Niles Fire Dept. in September 1986 as a firefighter paramedic, working his way up to lieutenant in 1996, and district chief in 2004. He recently ran the department for two months while Borkowsky was on temporary leave with a medical issue. During that time, Firehouse No. 3 was being renovated and firefighters were working out of trailers at the public works garage.

McEnerney joined the Niles force as an auxiliary officer in 1976 while holding another civilian position with the village. He became a sworn patrol officer in December 1978, working his way up to deputy chief in charge of the investigations division before being named acting interim chief and then chief.

Borkowski has 35 years on the job, joining the department as a firefighter paramedic in 1981. He worked his way up the ranks, was named interim chief, and then chief after former Fire Chief Barry Mueller retired in 2010.

The mayor praised Borkowski’s work representing Niles on the board of RED Center and working to lay the groundwork to see an eventual joint Niles-Morton Grove fire station.

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