CHICAGO – The CEO of Metra has resigned and is set to get a more than $442,000 buyout.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Alex Clifford stepped down Friday during a board meeting. A separation agreement from the commuter rail system says he's leaving the post immediately.
Metra Chairman Brad O'Halloran said Clifford was departing because of a "difference in opinion" on the direction of the rail network.
Clifford joined Metra from a California transit agency three years ago. His contract was set to expire this coming February.
He replaced long-time executive director Phil Pagano, who committed suicide.
Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index