ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud Metro Bus driver Jerry Gillman has been named the Minnesota Bus Operator of the Year.

Gillman received the award by the Minnesota Public Transit Association at its annual conference last week in St. Paul.

The MPTA presents the award to an individual who has consistently demonstrated high levels of achievement in all aspects of their performance.

Gillman has been a driver for St. Cloud Dial-A-Ride since 1999 and also serves as a Driver Instructor and represents Dial-A-Ride bus operators in the Teamsters Local 638 Union.

Gillman is the second Metro Bus driver to receive the award since its inception.