Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor announced the appointment of Lake County resident Norman Carlson to the Metra Board of Directors today. Carlson has more than 40 years of experience in financial services and railroads as the worldwide managing partner of Arthur Andersen's transportation industry practice and in private consulting.
Metra is the commuter rail agency serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in the Chicago area. Metra's Board of Directors is made up of representatives from the City of Chicago, Suburban Cook County, and the Collar Counties. The board provides leadership, direction, and oversight over the budget and finances, operations, fare and service levels, capital improvements, and planning.
"Norm will be a strong voice for Lake County on the Metra Board," said Lawlor. "He brings more than four decades of experience with the railroad industry and will bring attention to key capital and operational initiatives that will improve commuter service in Lake County and system-wide."
During his professional career, Carlson served in various capacities with Arthur Andersen & Co., including the North American Railroad Industry head and the Worldwide Managing Partner of the Transportation Industry Practice. He also served as the engagement partner on the Chicago South Shore & South Bend railroad account. Additionally, Carlson has provided audit, income tax, and financial consulting services to regional, short line, and Class I railroads throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. Carlson is a United States Army veteran and a long-time resident of Lake Forest.
Carlson said, "I am honored to be appointed to the Metra Board of Directors and look forward to bringing my railroad and financial consulting experience to advancing the interests of Lake County residents."
The appointment will be voted on by the County Board on April 9. Carlson will replace James C. LaBelle who has served as Lake County's representative on the panel since 2008.