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.