Dennis O’Donovan works for the Village of Niles as a building inspector and serves as vice president of the Niles Park District. As a practice, he abstains from any votes concerning construction at the parks. He has been a commissioner since 2011.
O’Donovan began working with the Niles Building Department in 2000. Prior to that, he had been with the Department of Public Works for the Village of Niles since 1992.
As a park commissioner Dennis has been active with the development of the LoVerde Sports and Recreation Center building, Skate Board and BMX Park as well as Triangle Park among other projects.
Before serving as a park commissioner, O’Donovan was a member of Niles-Maine District Public Library Board of Trustees for 10 years.
Dennis serves as president of the St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church Holy Name Men’s Club. On Sundays he may also be seen passing the collection basket.
O’Donovan has called Niles home for 60 years. He attended Notre Dame College Prep and Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. He received his construction code certification from Harper College in Palatine. O’Donovan has three daughters; Katie, Danielle and Emma.
“For me, the Niles Park District means giving back. I used the park a lot as a kid. But as a kid you don’t know all the work that’s involved for programs and upkeep. Now that I know, I contribute my time as well as ideas to develop the best parks possible and to promote them for all our community.”