Mayor Richard M. Daley today appointed Terry Peterson, Vice President for Government Affairs for Rush University Medical Center, as a member of the Chicago Transit Board and recommended that the Board elect Peterson as Chair.
Peterson’s appointment to the Transit Board must first be approved by the City Council.
“Terry Peterson has shown himself to be a strong and creative manager in both the public and private sector. As we all know, a modern public transportation system is essential to the future of our state, our region and our city,” Daley said.
“Terry is the right person to lead the CTA in challenging economic times as it continues its focus on improving the quality of service it provides to riders day by day,” he said.
In 2000, Daley appointed Peterson Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Housing Authority, where he served until 2006 and was responsible for executing the CHA’s Plan for Transformation, a 10-year program to overhaul the City’s public housing system.
Prior to his CHA appointment, Peterson, 50, served from four years (1996-2000) as Alderman of the 17th Ward. Before that, he spent two years working as an Assistant Commissioner in the City’s Department of Planning and Development and as Executive Assistant to the Mayor.
Daley thanked outgoing CTA Chair Carole Brown for six years of distinguished service. Brown resigned last week.