The City of West Chicago welcomes three new recent additions to its staff. Each of the new hires brings an outstanding skill set, fresh perspective and invaluable experience to the departments to which they report.
Luis Martinez joins the Community Development Department as the new Business Development and Special Events Coordinator. His work experience most recently with New York City’s Department of Small Business Services, Neighborhood Development Division, and educational background which includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, a Masters degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and Doctoral work in City and Regional Planning at Cornell, uniquely qualify him for the challenges of the newly created position.
Martinez will provide support for the economic development function within the Community Development Department, focusing on business outreach and retention, business attraction and recruitment, and the administration of special event planning that benefits the overall business community. He has already begun establishing communication with existing businesses to gauge their needs and concerns, and will be working with business developers and real estate executives to further market West Chicago as a compelling city in which to open a business. Martinez is also currently the lead staff person for the coordination of the City’s annual downtown garden festival, Blooming Fest, which brings thousands of residents and visitors into the City’s historic downtown to discover all it has to offer.
“As Business Development and Special Events Coordinator for the City of West Chicago I hope to assist businesses – small and large – to start, operate, and grow in our community. I am privileged to be serving such a diverse and multi-lingual business environment that cares not only about individual storefronts but about building a sense of community as well,” said Martinez.
Dean Myles joined the West Chicago Police Department on March 7, 2016 as a Management Analyst. Duties of this new position include supporting the various administrative operations and activities of the Department which include research studies, budget analysis, financial forecasting, contract administration, legislative review, and special projects. His 27-year career with the Itasca Police Department began as a Patrol Officer, and he rose through the ranks gaining new insights and skills with each promotion. His most recent position before joining the West Chicago Police Department was Deputy Chief of Administration, where he gained extensive experience in multi-agency planning and coordination, strategic planning and budgeting, crime mapping, policy/ordinance implementation and grant acquisition.
Myles has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Political Science. His connection to West Chicago goes back twenty years when he lived in the neighboring area. He continued to follow news from the community, acknowledging an admiration for the work of the West Chicago Police Department in reducing crime and working with the community, and excitement at the possibility of joining the organization.
When asked what he hoped to accomplish, Myles answered with no hesitation. “I’d like to assist the Police Department in receiving and maintaining Tier II accreditation through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP), a designation which reflects exemplary proficiency and quality of services related to the Department’s policies, practices and procedures,” he said.
Timothy A. Zasada was hired as the City’s Utility Superintendent in the Public Works Department. He will be responsible for the daily operations of the Utility Division, including the water distribution system, well stations, sanitary sewer collection system, sanitary lift stations, JULIE locates, and work orders related to water meters and sanitary back-ups.
Prior to being hired at the City of West Chicago, Zasada was the Lead Water Operator in the Village of Channahon where he worked since 2007, and previous to that a Water Sewer Maintenance Worker at the City of Batavia. He holds a Class A Illinois Water License, a Class 3 Illinois Wastewater License and a Class A CDL with combination air brakes endorsement.
“Throughout my water and wastewater career I have excelled in my field and have obtained a lot of skills and knowledge that will be a great benefit to the City. I look forward to working here and want to continue to provide great service to all of the residents of the City of West Chicago,” he said.
Zasada is familiar with West Chicago, having been raised in Glendale Heights and graduating Glenbard North High School. He is a U.S. veteran, having served a four-year tour in the Air Force, including time in Desert Shield/Desert Storm.