Bus co. exec Zelle named transportation commissioner

Published On: Dec 12 2012 10:40:21 AM CST
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

Gov. Mark Dayton has named bus company executive Charlie Zelle as transportation commissioner.

Zelle will take over in January for Tom Sorel, who resigned to take another job.

Zelle is longtime head of Jefferson Lines, a regional bus company that operates in 13 states from North Dakota to Texas. He's also a former investment banker who came back to Minnesota to run the family company.

The other finalist for the job was acting commissioner Bernie Arseneau, a longtime engineer.