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Council meets today to consider a contract for new city administrator

WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will meet in special session at 4:30 p.m. today to consider contract terms and conditions for appointing Charlene Stevens as city administrator.

Stevens, assistant county manager for Sedgewick County, Wichita, Kan., was the top choice of the Willmar City Council to replace long-time City Administrator Michael Schmit. He will be retiring in July.

Stevens was among six finalists interviewed by the council May 10 and 11. Stevens was the first candidate to be interviewed on the first day of interviews. After the interviews were completed, council members selected three finalists. A vote was taken that included Mayor Frank Yanish and the result was 8-1 in favor of Stevens. The council then made the vote unanimous.

Council members cited Stevens' professionalism, her public service and proficiency in Spanish. Stevens has previous governmental experience in Pennsylvania and Iowa.

Contract negotiations with Stevens have been conducted on behalf of the city by Sharon Klumpp, senior vice president of Springsted Inc. of St. Paul. The company was hired by the council to assist in the administrator search.

Stevens had been one of three finalists for the position of county administrator of St. Croix County, Wis. However, St. Croix County officials selected Wisconsin native Patrick Thompson, county administrator of Hamilton County, Ohio, to fill the position, the New Richmond News reported Thursday.

David Little
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