Metra rail agency conducting search for new CEO

Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 8:08 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Metra's board of directors has authorized its chairman to conduct an accelerated search for an executive director.

The board of the suburban Chicago commuter rail agency announced Friday that it wants acting chairman Jack Partelow to use a search firm, if necessary. Board members gave him no timeline for getting back to them with recommendations.

The previous CEO, Alex Clifford, resigned in June and says he was forced out for resisting pressure over personnel and contract decisions from politicians.

Metra's former operations chief Don Orseno has been interim executive director since August.

The Metra board says its members are "pleased with the direction the agency is headed" under Orseno. The board's statement says members want a "public, transparent process, free of political interference" for selecting a permanent CEO.

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