An emotional Niles Mayor George Alpogianis took pauses in his proclamation to honor the life of his friend James “Jim” Callero at the village board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Jim Callero died Nov. 1 at 79.
Callero served on the Niles Plan Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals for 19 years and as the chairman for 12 of them, according to the proclamation read by Alpogianis. He also served on the Fire and Police pension boards and served on a task force on video gambling.
When Alpogianis announced he would run for mayor in 2019, he told Pioneer Press that he viewed Callero and his brother, former Niles Mayor Robert “Bob” Callero, as role models and mentors.
Alpogianis’ noted in his five point proclamation that Jim Callero was one of the village’s most esteemed residents and celebrated his outstanding contributions to the village. Alpogianis said Callero’s “compassion, generosity, and genuine concern for the well-being of his fellow citizens have made an indelible mark on the fabric of our community.”
After the proclamation, Alpogianis posed for a photo with Callero’s wife, Martha Callero, and Danna Callero. According to his obituary, Callero was buried at All Saints Cemetery in Niles.