December 13, 2019
On December 5, 2019, the Motorola Solutions Foundation and the Civic Federation honored the outstanding public service of Dorval R. Carter, Jr., President of the Chicago Transit Authority. The annual Motorola Solutions Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award, presented and administered by the Civic Federation, recognizes a non-elected government official who has had an extraordinary impact on the quality of state and local government services in Illinois.
Business, civic and government leaders from across the State of Illinois and Chicago region attended the awards breakfast at the Fairmont Chicago to recognize President Carter’s outstanding public service accomplishments.
Following brief remarks from Civic Federation President Laurence Msall and Chair Monica Mueller, Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady gave the salutation address highlighting the importance of public service. Cynthia Yazdi, Senior Vice President at Motorola Solutions Foundation, introduced President Carter, discussed his many civic accomplishments and presented the award. The presentation included a video tribute from local government officials and civic leaders.
In his acceptance speech, President Carter thanked the more than 9,000 CTA employees who serve the Chicago region day in and day out. He described his three decades of experience in public service as preparation for his current position as leader of the agency where he first began his career. President Carter also expressed gratitude to his wife and two children.
The 2019 Excellence in Public Service Award is an original 1961 CTA map showing bus, “L” and subway lines and vintage CTA tokens.