Dayton taps bus company executive to be new MnDOT chief


There's a new guy in charge of the state's ice-encrusted roads.

After carefully considering two finalists vying to lead the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Gov. Mark Dayton has selected Charlie Zelle, president and CEO of Jefferson Lines, a Minneapolis-based transportation company that operates in 13 mostly Midwestern states.

“Charlie Zelle’s outstanding record of innovation in the private sector will serve Minnesota well, as we build a transportation system, which will serve our needs and support our future growth and prosperity,” Dayton said in the press release.

Zelle, a St. Paul native, will start Jan. 15. He'll take over for former Commissioner Tom Sorel, who resigned Dec. 1 to become the CEO of AAA Minneapolis.

Also applying for the job was Bernie Arseneau, who has spent nearly 30 years with MnDOT.

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