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Willmar, Minn., Utilities Commission to meet Monday, interview finalists

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission will meet at 11:45 a.m. Monday in the auditorium at the Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W.

After the regular meeting, the commission will interview the two finalists for the position of general manager at 1 p.m.

The finalists are Wesley Hompe and John Harren.

Hompe has served as Willmar Utilities interim co-manager since December 2011. He had served as staff electrical engineer from May 1989 through December 2011. His resume also lists Hompe Engineering, LLC, January 2010, and a prior position as service area assistant engineer for Illinois Power, Decatur, Ill., from May 1985 to May 1989.

Hompe received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology at Rapid City, S.D., and has frontline leadership and financial planning experience.

Harren has served as city of Melrose public works director from 2004 to the present and co-city administrator from 2009 to 2011. He previously served as city of Freeport city clerk-administrator from 1988 to 2000 and served as public works director from 1982 to 1988.

He received his associate of applied science degree in supervisory management from Alexandria Technical College. He holds a Class C water license, Class C wastewater license and emergency management and hazardous material certificates.