John Kern was born and raised in rural Minnesota. He has two grown children. John earned degrees in mechanical design from St. Cloud Technical College and business administration from the University of Alaska, Southeast. After working for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he moved to Alaska in 1976. He worked for the Corps of Engineers on several construction projects in Southeast Alaska followed by a position with the State of Alaska, Department of Public Works. He began with the City and Borough of Juneau in 1977 as a planner with the Community Development Department and worked there until accepting the position as Transit Manager for Capital Transit in 1983. His work with Capital Transit and within the transit industry has been recognized at the local, State, and National level. Under his management, Capital Transit has achieved national recognition; in 1999 as one of the “Ten Best Small Transit Agencies in North America,” and in 2003 as the “Community Transportation System of the Year.” Most recently, Capital Transit was awarded the Governor’s Committee on Employment and Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities Barrier Free Design Award in 2006.
John Kern, Transit Superintendent