John Gunyou

District 4 Representative
Board Chair

John Gunyou was elected to represent District 4 in November 2012 and re-elected in 2014. In January, his colleagues on the Board of Commissioners chose him to serve as Board Chair for a fifth consecutive year. In 2012, he retired as Minnetonka’s long-serving city manager.

Previously, John served as Minnesota’s finance commissioner in Governor Arne Carlson’s administration, was the first finance director for the City of Minneapolis, a partner with the largest economic consulting firm in the Rocky Mountains, president of Minnesota’s original and largest Internet company, an executive with Minnesota Public Radio, and an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

He earned degrees in economics and finance from the U.S. Air Force Academy, UCLA and the University of Colorado. John has authored numerous articles and books, and currently teaches financial management at the University of Minnesota.

John has been involved with numerous public and nonprofit boards, including the Minnesota State Arts Board, DNR Parks and Trails Legacy Funding Work Group, Minnehaha Creek Coordinating Committee, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Financial Advisory Board, and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens Board. He has received multiple national and state leadership honors, including Minnesota's 2012 City Leader of the Year, Best City Finance Officer in the Nation, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Allies Award, and the WCCO Good Neighbor Award.

wildflowers along a paved trail

Favorite place in Three Rivers Park District

My wife Kim and I, along with our five adult children and grandchildren, have enjoyed many Three Rivers parks over the years. We now particularly appreciate the regional trails, especially the one we live on – Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail. We are also very excited that the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail is under construction and will open soon.

John's term expires December 31, 2018.