Former DuPage County Board member John Zediker will be the county nominee for the Metra board, according to a news release from the county.
If confirmed by the County Board, Zediker, who was appointed to the board in 2009 and served until losing his 2012 re-election campaign, would fill the seat recently vacated by Paul Darley.
Darley resigned in late July amid a scandal involving former CEO Alex Clifford, who alleged that he was forced out of his position for resisting the wishes of House Speaker Michael Madigan and others. Darley was the second of four to step down.
In a statement, County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said that Zediker's role as the Director of Transportation, Engineering and Development for the City of Naperville prepared him for his work with the Metra.
"He not only understands commuters' needs, but he also knows the engineering and urban planning that is needed to ensure safe and timely travel," Cronin said.
Zediker currently works as the chief operating officer and partner at Reuttiger, Tonelli and Associates, Inc., a design firm emphasizing civil engineering, planning, surveying and geographic information systems, according to the release.
"John has a great blend of experience in transportation, urban planning, engineering and business that has prepared him well for the challenges facing Metra," Cronin said. "Through his professional experience, he has a clear understanding of transportation systems and the need for cohesiveness to ensure public safety and the ease of travel."
Zediker will first have to pass through the DuPage County Board, who will vote on his appointment during its meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.