Friday, February 27, 2009

Daley tags Rodriguez as CTA president

Richard Rodriguez, one of City Hall’s fastest-rising stars, will be appointed CTA president today, leaving Rosemarie Andolino in charge of both the Department of Aviation and O’Hare Airport expansion.

Mayor Daley’s appointment of Rodriguez, 38, continues the meteroric rise of an energetic, no-nonsense manager who comes from the same mold as his predecessor, Ron Huberman.
Rodriguez’s appointment is certain to please Hispanic ministers and aldermen who have been pressuring Daley to appoint more Hispanics to high-level jobs. Rodriguez is a former field attorney for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 24-hour disaster team.

At City Hall, he has hopscotched from top jobs at the Chicago Housing Authority to Aviation before being put in charge of three departments in the last three years: Construction and Permits, Buildings and Aviation.

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