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Lauzen seeks applicants for Kane County Metra board representative

GENEVA – Think you’ve got what it takes to help lead the Chicago area’s commuter rail agency?

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen has announced that he is accepting applications from those interested in representing Kane County on the Metra board of directors.

The applications can be submitted to the Kane County Board Office at the Kane County Government Center, 719 Batavia Ave., Building A, Geneva, until Sept. 3.

From there, the applications will be evaluated by “a special review panel” beginning Sept. 5 and will narrow the field to three to four finalists. Lauzen then will interview the finalists and present his appointment to the County Board for approval, according to a news release from Lauzen’s office.

Applications must include a resume and cover letter outlining qualifications and explanation of interest in the position, the release said.

The selection process will be similar to one Lauzen used earlier this year to appoint Kane County’s representative on the Regional Transportation Authority’s board of directors.

The county ultimately named former Kane County Transportation Director Nabi Fakroddin to that position.

However, Fakroddin resigned this month when it was revealed he also was serving on the Illinois Human Rights Commission, in violation of state law forbidding RTA directors to serve on multiple government commissions.

The vacancy on the Metra board was created when former Kane County Board Chairman Mike McCoy resigned from his seat on the commuter rail agency panel amid the fallout from the scandal surrounding the departure of former Metra CEO Alex Clifford.

Since then, four other Metra board members have resigned in the wake of the scandal, including former Metra board chairman Brad O’Halloran. 

The Metra position pays $15,000 annually, but it does not include health insurance or retirement benefits.

Following McCoy’s resignation, Lauzen said he did not envy the job ahead of anyone selected for the Metra board, noting the scandals and operational challenges faced by the rail agency.

“They have a really, really tough problem to solve,” Lauzen said at that time.

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