ABOUT THE BOARD

BOARD MEMBERS

The Metro Bus Board of Commissioners is made up of five members:

  • Two members represent the City of St. Cloud
  • One member each from the City of Sartell, City of Sauk Rapids, and City of Waite Park.

Board members traditionally have been either the current elected Mayor or City Council member.

ELECTIONS

Elections are held in July in even numbered years to determine which member will serve as the Board’s Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary. A member may nominate themselves or another member to serve a particular position on the Board. A vote among members will determine who wins the nomination.

REPRESENTATIVES

Current Metro Bus Board of Commissioners as of October 2016:

Dave Kleis

Dave Kleis

CHAIR

Mayor | City of St. Cloud

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Dave Kleis joined the Metro Bus Board of Commissioners in 2005 after being elected Mayor of St. Cloud.  He is a Magna Cum Laude 1989 graduate of St. Cloud State University, and a nine year veteran of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve.

He served the St. Cloud area in the Minnesota Senate from 1994 through 2005—seven years as Assistant Senate Minority Leader and six years as ranking Minority member on the Senate Crime Prevention Committee.

He established and owns the Central Minnesota Driving Academy since 1991, a driver’s education business that employs 25 people in St. Cloud.

Dave was elected by the St. Cloud community as mayor in November 2005. In June 2007, Governor Pawlenty appointed Mayor Kleis to the Commission on Judicial Selection. He also serves on numerous local boards and committees within the St. Cloud community.

Phone: 320.253.9535

Rick Miller

VICE CHAIR

Mayor | City of Waite Park

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Rick joined the Metro Bus board in 2013. He’s been the Mayor of Waite Park since 2001, and prior to that he served on the City Council for 10 years. He served 12 years in the US Navy and Naval Reserves and is a Vietnam Veteran. Rick also served 21 years as a volunteer firefighter for Waite Park. Rick is married and has two children.

Phone: 320.253.1129

Kurt Hunstiger

TREASURER

Mayor | City of Sauk Rapids

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Kurt was appointed to the Metro Bus commission of July 2014, after being elected to the Sauk Rapids City Council in 2013. Kurt is a certified financial planner for Bremer Bank. He’s been an active community member for many years. This is his second stint on the City Council, having served from 2001-2007 the first time. He also is a member of the Catholic Charities of the Dioceses of St. Cloud’s Capital Campaign team and St. Cloud Whitney Center’s Advisory Board. In the past, he’s served on the Sauk Rapids HRA Board, Sauk Rapids Planning Commission, Sauk Rapids Joint Planning Board and St. Peter’s Church Finance Council.

Phone: 320.253.1325

Ryan Fitzthum

MEMBER

Council Member | City of Sartell

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Ryan was appointed to the Metro Bus commission in October of 2016 to serve as the Sartell representative. He is the Manager of Account Management at CH Robinson’s Sartell Office. Ryan has served the greater community in many ways over the past 10+ years, most notably as a firefighter for the City of Sartell (since 2008), Sartell City Planning Commission member (since 2012) and United Way Campaign Cabinet member from 2012 – 2015. He is married to his wife Cindy and has two young daughters; Carly and Rory.

Phone: 320.253.7982

John Libert

SECRETARY

Council Member | City of St. Cloud

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John’s family has long and strong ties to the St. Cloud community. His grandfather was a physician at the St. Cloud Hospital, and his father was a local businessman. Having lived in St. Cloud all his life, he has a solid understanding of its history, its people, and what is needed to keep St. Cloud a strong and vibrant city. John has been a resident of St. Cloud for 58 years and is very familiar with many of the area’s streets, parks, neighborhoods, and businesses.

John has been very active in volunteer organizations, such as Common Hope, as well as serving several years on the school boards at his children’s’ schools and church: Board of Directors at Cathedral High School, member of St. Michael’s Parish, former member of the school board at Sts. Peter, Paul & Michael. In addition, he has been involved with “The Healthy Neighborhood Partnership” organization.
He has been employed at Eich Motor Company for 38 years, and has held and performed various jobs at the dealership: Salesperson, Service Manager, Used Car Manager, Sales Manager, Operations Manager, IT Manager and Community Relations Manager.

Phone: 320.252.5776

Metro Bus shares the agenda for each of the Commission Meetings beforehand. Minutes and recordings of the meetings are shared prior to the next month’s meeting. 

PUBLIC MEETINGS

SHARE FEEDBACK

Interested citizens and agencies are invited to share comments at the meeting or in writing prior to the meeting. Mail written comments to:

Metro Bus
665 Franklin Ave. NE
St. Cloud, MN 56304

EMAIL COMMENTS

SPECIAL NEEDS

Accommodations will be made to enable people with special needs to participate in the meeting. Please contact Metro Bus early at 320.251.1499 or email us to make arrangements.

EMAIL COMMENTS

AGENDAS, MINUTES & RECORDED MEETINGS

RECORDED MEETINGS

September 19, 2017 (audio only)

August 15, 2017 (audio only)

July 18, 2017 (audio only)

June 20, 2017 (audio only)

May 16, 2017 (audio only)

April 18, 2017 (audio only)

March 21, 2017 (audio only)

February 21, 2017 (audio only)

December 20, 2016 (audio only)

November 15, 2016 (audio only)

October 24, 2016 (audio only)

September 20, 2016 (audio only)

August 19, 2016 (audio only)

June 21, 2016 (audio only)

April 19, 2016 (audio only)

April 1, 2016 (audio only)

March 15, 2016 (audio only)

February 16, 2016 (video trial)