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League of Cities elects Willmar, Minn., city administrator to board of directors

WILLMAR -- The League of Minnesota Cities has elected Willmar City Administrator Charlene Stevens to the League's board of directors. She was elected last week during the League's annual conference in St. Paul.

Stevens and other candidates were interviewed Tuesday.

She is filling a one-year unexpired term that runs until June 2014 and will have the opportunity if she chooses to be interviewed and run for a three-year term.

Stevens said she was approached by a couple of colleagues to submit her name.

"They try to be diverse in their representation across the state of Minnesota and they don't always get a lot of applicants from Greater Minnesota,'' said Stevens.

"I think it's a real honor and I think it's an opportunity and I think it's a great opportunity for the city of Willmar because it gives us another connection to the League of Minnesota Cities.''

Stevens said Willmar has had a long history with the League.

"We are the only city that has been a 100-year member,'' she said. "Willmar was one of the charter members and also one of the only continuous members for the 100 years of the League of Minnesota Cities.

"I look forward to that opportunity to not only represent Willmar and also Greater Minnesota and also cities across Minnesota and help in setting the strategic policy and the direction for the league,'' Stevens said. "I look forward to being able to do that.''

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-- David Little

David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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