Metra Board Director Norm Carlson to Retire; Qualified Candidates Sought for Replacement

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Lake County Banner / Standard

November 22, 2022

Metra Board Director Norm Carlson to Retire; 
Qualified Candidates Sought for Replacement 

Norm Carlson

Norm Carlson, Lake County's appointed member on the Metra Board of Directors, has announced his retirement effective December 15, 2022. 

Carlson was appointed to the Metra Board in April 2013 by the Lake County Board Chair. In 2016, he was elected as Chair of the Metra Board and has served as the Vice Chair since September 2020. 

During his tenure, Metra started a reverse-commute pilot project that introduced outbound express trains to help commuters from Chicago get to work in Lake County, and he was instrumental in helping lead Metra through the difficult challenges brought to the commuter rail industry from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"I thank Norm for the many years he dedicated to representing Lake County in such an important role," said Sandy Hart, Lake County Board Chair. "His vast knowledge and expertise of the rail industry will be sorely missed. We wish him the very best in retirement." 

Qualified candidates are sought to fill the Metra Board of Directors seat. The Metra Board of Directors is made up of 11 members representing the six-county Chicago metropolitan area. They meet once a month to discuss various matters.

According to 70 ILCS 3615/3B.04(4), one Director shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Lake County Board with the advice and consent of the Lake County Board and shall reside in Lake County. Illinois law also states:

  • No director, while serving as such, shall be an officer, a member of the board of directors or trustee or an employee of any transportation agency, or be an employee of the State of Illinois or any department or agency thereof, or of any county, municipality, or any other unit of local government or receive any compensation from any elected or appointed office under the Constitution and laws of Illinois

Residents of Lake County who are interested in serving on the Metra Board of Directors and meet the criteria are encouraged to submit their resume, letter of interest and any other supporting material they wish to include (such as letters of recommendation) via email to, or via U.S. mail to:

Lake County Board Chair
Lake County Board Office, 10th Floor
18 North County St.
Waukegan, IL 60085

The deadline to apply is December 16, 2022.


Tammy Chatman
Chief Communications Officer