Mayor and Council:

St. Charles operates under a charter form of government with citizens electing a mayor and four council members to set policy for the City. Council members serve terms of four years, with two members being elected every two years. The mayor is elected every two years. The mayor and council are elected on a non-partisan basis.

The City Council believes that its people, not leaders, are what makes a City great and actively works to encourage citizen participation in the decision-making process. Whether it is through meetings, advisory boards and committees, telephone calls and letters, or e-mail, the City Council sets policies based on the input and needs of its citizens. The City Charter is St. Charles’ constitution outlining the powers of local government. City Council ordinances are compiled in the City Code Book.

City Council meets twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers in the City Hall building. Meetings are open to the public.

We thank our Former Mayors for their service.

Council Members Include:

John Schaber
John SchaberMayor
John has lived in St. Charles all his life. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Minnesota and currently is a MIS Coordinator for the Southeast Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc. John is in charge of the computer department for an organization of 105 employees. He is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge St. Charles and also the St. Charles Catholic Church.

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Dave Braun
Dave BraunCouncilmember
Dave Braun has lived in St. Charles for 46 years. He serves as a Senior Laboratory Specialist in the Electrical Packaging Lab at IBM. Dave has been employed with IBM for over 30 years.

He and his wife Paula (Kruempel) Braun have been married for twenty six years. Paula is an elementary school teacher in the Dover-Eyota School District. They have four children. A.J., Shane, Cody, and David-Ty.

You may contact Mr. Braun at

Wayne Getz
Wayne GetzCouncilmember
Wayne and his wife Marilyn moved to St. Charles in 1998. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Wayne grew up on a farm in South Dakota and graduated from High School in Mitchell. He attended Dakota State and Dakota Wesleyan Universities.

Wayne is the Public Works Director for the City of Altura. He has been a member of the St. Charles American Legion Post #190 for 36 years; and serves as a Eucharistic minister for the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. He has served for 27 years with the MN Army National Guards, is certified with the MN Department of Health and carries a MN engineer license.

Wayne spends his free time with his wife, Marilyn and their family. Together they enjoy boating, fishing, hunting, dirt track racing, and shopping.

You may contact Mr. Getz at

John Steffel
John SteffelCouncilmember
John Steffel has lived in St. Charles since 1995 where he lives with his wife and raised his five daughters. Councilman Steffel has served as a youth minister for the Catholic Church, has been a long-time member of the St. Charles Lions Club, and has operated a small business including St. Charles Lawn and Landscape (2000-2010). He has been active with the Winona County Fair and was inducted into the Winona County Hall of Fame. He has helped to start other civic organizations like the God Squad and was a member of the Whitewater Area Society for the Arts.

With his Bachelors in Music Theory from Bemidji State, Clm. Steffel has been a long-time advocate of music and arts as he has devoted the majority of his lifetime as a professional musician since 1972. “I have a great interest in music and art. That’s probably my strongest passion.” He added, “I also have an interest in Civics, in civic activity, the obligation a person might have to be involved in that and what public discourse sounds like. I am political nerd, or at least I am an advocate to help people understand what politics is about.”

Clm. Steffel started his term on January 4, 2021 when taking the Oath of Office. “With proper discussion, anything can be agreed to or compromised, or at least understood. That’s my goal, for people to know that they are listened to and understood,” he finished.

You may contact Mr. Steffel at

David Kramer
David KramerCouncilmember
David Kramer is a Saint Charles area native and graduated from St. Charles High School and the United States Air Force Academy, receiving a civil engineering degree. He served five years in the Air Force as the Electronic Warfare Officer on a B-52 aircrew, attaining the rank of captain. He has worked for the consulting engineering firm McGhie & Betts, for the City of Rochester, and since 2006 has been employed by Winona County as the county highway engineer.
He has served as a Quincy Township supervisor, 14 years on the St. Charles School Board including as board chair, and has been on the St. Charles City Council since 2015, serving on the Planning Commission, the Library Board, the Dover Eyota St. Charles Area Sanitary District board, and the city Public Works Committee.
He is on the board of directors of the Saint Charles Foundation for Academic Excellence, was a founding board member for the Saint Charles Area Community Foundation, and has served as president of the Project FINE board of directors and as the committee chairperson for Scouts BSA Troop 54. He is a member of the Moose, Lions, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
He has run the Pike’s Peak Ascent and four marathons including Boston. David and his wife, Karen, have taken their five daughters to 48 states and Canada. They have two grandchildren who he thoroughly enjoys.

You may contact Mr. Kramer at