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County board narrowing finalists for RTA, Metra boards

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

GENEVA – Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said Wednesday that finalists seeking positions on the Kane County Metra and the Regional Transportation Authority boards should be narrowed down by today so interviews can start as early as Friday.

Four board members – Brian Pollock, T.R. Smith, Drew Frasz and Deborah Allan – are tasked with reviewing the 21 applicants for the RTA position and the 20 who applied for the Metra position. Lauzen asked them to submit their top three or four finalists by noon today.

That means interviews can be conducted Friday, part of the weekend and Monday, as the next County Board meeting is scheduled Tuesday.

“As you go through the resumes, I think you’ll be impressed,” Lauzen told board members Wednesday.

He said he hoped to release the names of the finalists sometime Friday.

Lauzen said three of the board members who are helping narrow the list of candidates were heavily involved with filling a another recent vacancy on the RTA board.

Nabi Fakroddin, who was appointed in April, resigned his position on the Regional Transportation Authority board in early August, after concerns that he could not legally serve there and on the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

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.

Lauzen said the fourth County Board member, Allan, was chosen because she wrote him a “very comprehensive” letter about what she’s looking for in the new appointees. She said she hopes to find candidates who “don’t just buy the package” and would feel confident standing up before the board. She said an engineering background or prosecutorial skills wouldn’t hurt, either.

“I was hoping that we would pick somebody who has the time to do the work and is not just in it for the honor and glory,” she said.

Lauzen said the selection process is a bipartisan effort that will “take the politics out of transit management.”

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