Wednesday’s Chicago City Council meeting was the last for retiring Alderman Richard Mell and the first for his daughter, Deb Mell.
She succeeds her father as the new alderman of Chicago’s 33rd ward.
Reflecting on his retirement Mell said, “What I liked about this job was the one-on-one contact with my constituency that sometimes you lose today with all the emails.”
Mell spent almost four decades in public service.
He now plans to work on his business ventures and possibly help out with future political campaigns.
Mell has been replaced by his daughter, Deb, who jokingly referred to her father during her first speech as 33rd Ward Alderman, “I think my father probaby speaks a little longer than I do, so I suspect our city council meetings are going to be a little shorter.”
Her comments were greeted by laughter and applause from fellow aldermen.