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CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday named Forrest Claypool as his next Chief of Staff. Mr. Claypool is currently the President of the Chicago Transit Authority. He replaces Lisa Schrader, who is leaving the Emanuel Administration after two years in her post and nearly 14 years with the City of Chicago.
"I've known Forrest Claypool for 35 years. He has an unparalleled record of reform, accountability, and leadership in city and county government," Mayor Emanuel said. "That's why one of the first calls I made during my transition in 2011 was to Forrest to ask him to lead the CTA. He is a world-class manager, and under him, the CTA has never been run better."
Mayor Emanuel cited the Red Line South Reconstruction Project as an example of Mr. Claypool's management and vision.
"We did four years of work in just five months and it is the longest stretch of track that has ever been shut down and rebuilt from the dirt up at one time," Mayor Emanuel said. "That accomplishment shows a rare ability which Forrest has to be laser-focused on the six inches ahead of him, while still having the strategic vision to look miles down the road. That vision and focus is what I need as we prepare to tackle the biggest fiscal crisis in Chicago history."
Mr. Claypool served as superintendent of the Chicago Park District during the 1990s where he notably reduced costs and spending, while expanding programs for families.
He will assume his new role after inauguration. His replacement at the CTA will be named in the coming weeks.