CHICAGO (AP) – Metra’s board of directors has picked a veteran railroader to lead the Chicago commuter rail agency.
Interim CEO Don Orseno, a former chief of operations and a train engineer earlier in his career, on Friday was named chief executive officer at $262,000 a year.READ MORE: High Ranking Cook County Sheriff's Office Official Resigns Amid Complaints Of Inappropriate, Unsolicited Sexual Comments To Colleague
Orseno’s appointment comes in the wake of riders complaining about delays and cancellations during January, and a recent report the agency’s police department is functioning improperly.
Orseno’s predecessor, Alex Clifford, says he forced out of the job after a little over two years because he didn’t go along with patronage requests. Clifford’s predecessor, Phil Pagano, committed suicide in 2010 during an investigation into his defrauding the agency $475,000.READ MORE: Another Delay For Bid To Create Database For CPD Misconduct Files As Aldermen Question Cost, Frustrating City's Top Watchdog
Noting both his father and grandfather were railroad men, Orseno says getting the job means he’s “living my dream.”
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