After a career driven by self-described “dual passions for transportation and public service,” Joseph C. Szabo is retiring as of today—and, he said, his 2015-19 tenure as executive director of CMAP completed his professional “round trip.”
“During my career I’ve had the pleasure of serving the public at the local, regional, state, and federal levels,” said Szabo. “Ending my career at CMAP brought all of those experiences full circle for me as we developed and began implementing ON TO 2050—a plan that fulfills state and federal mandates, advances regional priorities, and helps our region’s 284 communities prosper.”
As CMAP’s second executive director, Szabo guided the three-year development of ON TO 2050, northeastern Illinois’ long-range comprehensive plan, adopted on October 10, 2018. The agency engaged more than 100,000 residents in development of the plan, an effort Szabo credits to the entire staff driven by his strong belief in civic participation.
Szabo was celebrated at a retirement party by staff and peers this week, and honored by the CMAP Board at its June meeting. Read more about CMAP's outgoing leader, and join us in thanking him for his decades of public service.