Mr. Derwinski was appointed CEO/Executive Director by the Metra Board of Directors in 2017. He began his railroad career as a locomotive electrician with Chicago & North Western, which later became part of Union Pacific Railroad. He joined Metra as an electrician in 1997 and rose through the ranks in the Mechanical Department, serving in progressively responsible senior leadership positions, including Chief Mechanical Officer. In that role, he oversaw 650 employees responsible for the repair, inspection, cleaning and maintenance of the railroad’s 1,164 pieces of rolling stock used in commuter service. The department is also responsible for Metra’s fleet of trucks and automobiles.