The Kane County Board chairman says she’s accepting applications from anyone interested in becoming the county’s next representative on the Metra board of directors.

Chairman Karen McConnaughay said Friday those seeking to serve on the commuter rail board can submit an application any time through June 13.

McConnaughay has called on the entire 11-member board, including Kane’s representative, to resign following the revelations that former executive director Phil Pagano embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars before committing suicide.

Throwing open the process for picking the county’s next representative is an opportunity "to reassess our Kane County representation on the Metra Board, not only during this time of crisis but for the future viability of the Metra system," she said in a statement released Friday.

The term of the county’s current representative Caryl Van Overmeiren, a former county board member, runs through 2012.

Van Overmeiren told the Tribune she has no plans to resign, despite calls for her to do so by McConnaughay and some legislators.

She believes Metra’s board has taken action to reform the agency after the scandal involving Pagano.

McConnaughay has created a task force of board members to help her vet prospective candidates and create a job description.

“Although there appears to be no formal job description or set of specific qualifications or experience required for appointment to the Metra Board, the Task Force has indicated it will take into account experience that is relative or applicable to a public transit board, an availability to serve, and a convincing demonstration of why candidates consider themselves qualified,” according to a statement issued Friday by McConnaughay.

The Metra board has a range of responsibilities from fare structure and service to overseeing strategic planning and capital expenses and budgeting issues.

According to the release, applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to the County Board Office outlining their qualifications and explaining their interest in the position. Applications can be submitted by mail or in person to: Kane County Government Center; 719 Batavia Avenue, Building A; County Board Office, 3rd Floor; Geneva, IL 60134. Applicants can also fax applications to 630-232-9188 or email them to kmcconnaughay@kanecoboard.org.

For more information, call 630-232-5930.