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Will County executive seeks applicants for Metra board appointment

Will County Executive Larry Walsh announced this week that he is accepting applications for the county’s representative on the Metra Board of Directors.

New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann recently resigned from the 11-member board, which is composed of representatives from the six collar counties in the Chicago metropolitan area, according to a news release.

Baldermann said earlier this month that he left the board to concentrate on his run for a state House of Representatives seat in the 2020 election.

“Tim did a great job representing Will County on this board,” Walsh said in the release. “He was an important voice for our residents on decisions about current and future mass transportation plans.”

The Metra Board meets monthly in the offices at 547 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago and makes decisions regarding the operation of the commuter rail portion of the transportation network.

Walsh’s office said the Will County representative will help ensure safe, efficient and reliable service continues in the county as well as throughout the northeastern Illinois region.

“As one of the fastest-growing counties in Illinois and an important player in the global transportation network, it is critical Will County has a strong voice on the Metra board,” Walsh said in the release. “Many of our residents depend on public transportation on a daily basis and we are dedicated to ensuring this service continues to grow in Will County.”

Anyone interested in applying to serve as the Will County representative on the Metra Board should email a cover letter and resumé to the attention of Robin Tyda at rmtyda@willcountyillinois.com by Sept. 9.

Learn more about Metra at metrarail.com/about-metra/leadership.

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