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General Manager

General Manager Wes Kooistra

Metro Transit General Manager Wes Kooistra

Wes Kooistra has served as Metro Transit’s General Manager since 2019. Before becoming General Manager, he served as Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Regional Administrator, and Regional Administrator for the Metropolitan Council. The Regional Administrator is the principal executive officer for the Metropolitan Council, the regional government agency responsible for planning and providing transit, wastewater, land use and parks services for the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 

Before joining the Metropolitan Council in 2008, Kooistra worked for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). At the DHS, he served under three administrations in executive capacities, including Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Commissioner, Acting Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for community chemical and mental heath services and state regional treatment centers. 

General Managers through history

  • 1970-80: Harry Springer
  • 1980-85: Lou Olsen
  • 1985-90: John Capell
  • 1990-93: Mike Christenson
  • 1993-96: Tom Sather
  • 1996-97: Julie Johanson (acting) 
  • 1997-01: Art Leahy
  • 2001: John Haley 
  • 2002-04: Mike Setzer
  • 2004-2019: Brian Lamb