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Fakroddin appointed by Kane to RTA board

GENEVA – A former director of the Kane County Division of Transportation has won the county's nod to represent the county to the Regional Transportation Authority.

Tuesday, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen announced that he had selected Nabi Fakroddin, former director of the Kane County Division of Transportation, as the county's representative on the RTA Board of Directors.

The RTA holds budget oversight of Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority.

The County Board unanimously approved the selection of Fakroddin.

In selecting Fakroddin, Lauzen noted Fakroddin's experience in transportation, gained over five decades of working for various public transportation agencies and private engineering firms.

Fakroddin served as director of KDOT from 1984-1997, presiding over major construction projects on Randall Road, Orchard Road and Kirk Road.

Lauzen noted Fakroddin hired current KDOT Director Carl Schoedel, as well.

According to a resume distributed Wednesday, Fakroddin most recently worked from 2007 to 2010 as a senior project manager for HNTB in Downers Grove, overseeing various aspects of efforts to redesign and rebuild the Illinois Tollway system.

"I am delighted to appoint Nabi," Lauzen said.

Lauzen also noted that Fakroddin, while accepting the $25,000 per year salary paid to RTA directors, has said he will decline the various other benefits available to directors.

"I do not seek this position for making money, rather I seek to serve and protect the interest of the taxpayers of Kane County," Fakroddin wrote to Lauzen in a March 22 letter of interest.

Fakroddin will replace Kane County's outgoing RTA representative, former County Board member Jan Carlson, who has served on the RTA board since he was appointed by former Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay in 2008.

Fakroddin was selected from among a list of 26 other applicants for the RTA post, including several former County Board members. His name was among six finalists selected for consideration by a three-person selection committee empaneled by Lauzen.

Some on the County Board had communicated with Lauzen, expressing concern that the consideration of former County Board members, who had left office less than a year ago, could run afoul of the county's ethics rules.

While a legal opinion from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office indicated those concerns may be unwarranted, Lauzen said the matter should not have arisen in the first place.

He chided board members and members of the public for falling prey to "rumors" about who he might appoint. He urged the board to "communicate more respectfully" concerning their fellow board members and former county officials.

Board members, for their part, took turns praising Lauzen's selection of Fakroddin.

"Of all the applicants, Nabi's application was the one most based on a lifetime of experience," said County Board member Mike Donahue, R-Geneva.

Donahue said Lauzen should be "complimented" on the selection.

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