Mayor Dave Kleis is a Magna Cum Laude 1989 graduate of St. Cloud State University, and a 9 year veteran of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve. He served the St. Cloud area in the Minnesota Senate from 1994 through 2005, 7 years as Assistant Senate Minority Leader. He established and owns the Central Minnesota Driving Academy since 1991, a driver's educational business in St. Cloud.
Dave was elected as Mayor of St. Cloud in November 2005, and was re-elected (running unopposed) in November 2008, 2012, and 2016. He was selected in 2010 by the St. Cloud Time's readers and area leaders as the most influential person of the last decade. In 2014 he received the League of Minnesota Cities C.C. Ludwig Leadership Award.