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Bios for Willmar administrator candidates

Charlene Stevens

She has been assistant county manager for Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kan., from August 2006 to the present. Prior experience includes assistant manager for Lower Gwynedd Township, Spring House, Pa., from July 1999 to August 2006; and assistant manager for Buckingham Township, Buckingham, Pa., from April 1997 to June 1999.

She was a consultant to various municipalities throughout southeastern Pennsylvania from October 1996 to April 1997; was neighborhood assistant to Wichita, Kan., from May 1995 to September 1996; and executive director of La Casa Latina Inc., in Sioux City, Iowa, from November 1990 to May 1994.

She holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Kansas and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations from Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.

Other education includes coursework in Latin American politics, Columbian history and sociology, and Spanish. She is a credentialed manager with the International City/County Management Association.

Steven Okins

He has been Willmar finance director from May 1987 to the present. He served as acting finance director from March 1987 to May 1987, and was deputy finance director from September 1986 to March 1987.

In Granite Falls, Okins served as finance director/acting city manager from May 1985 to August 1986, finance director from April 1979 to May 1985, and accounting clerk/bookkeeper from June 1978 to April 1979.

He has an associate degree in governmental accounting from Granite Falls Technical College.

Jeffrey Repp

Repp has served as city of Cumberland, Md., administrator from 1993 to the present. Also, he was manager for the town of Indian Head, Md., from 1988 to 1993; manager for the village of Carlisle, Ohio, from 1986 to 1988; and was assistant to the manager for the city of Vermillion, S.D., from 1985 to 1986.

He received a master's degree in public administration and public finance and a bachelor's degree in science and history, both from the University of South Dakota.