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Wells admin options

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Oct 10, 2021

Eleven people applied for the position. Now, the number of candidates for the job of Wells city administrator has been reduced to four finalists.

Richard Baker, Evan Brown, Wendy Chirpich and Connor LaPointe will be in Wells on Monday, Oct. 11, to meet with the City Council, boards and commissions. Members of the public will have a chance to meet the candidates from 5-6 p.m. at the Wells Community Center.

The Wells City Council will hold interviews with the candidates from 3:30-7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Here is some information about each candidate:

• Richard Baker has a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications and public relations with a minor in economics from Winona State University.

He has extensive background in community and economic development, along with nonprofit and chamber work. He has also completed the International Economic Development Council’s certification institute at the University of Oklahoma.

• Evan Brown has worked in private security and law enforcement for the last six years and is a lieutenant in the Army National Guard.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in government and a master’s in public administration, both from Minnesota State University in Mankato. He has also participated in an online course in government from Harvard University.

• Wendy Chirpich earned her Bachelors of Science degree in earth science while attending the University of South Dakota, where she also earned a minor in physics.

She is currently employed as a Planning and Zoning technician for Martin County, where she has been employed for the last 12 years.

Prior to working for Martin County, she worked as a hydrogeologist in the private sector.

• Connor LaPointe is currently employed as the city administrator in Claremont, a position he has held since 2019.

He interned for the cities of Mankato and Blue Earth and served on the Region Nine Development Commission Legislative Committee.

LaPointe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in urban and regional studies from Minnesota State University-Mankato. He will complete his master’s degree in public administration in the fall of 2021.

South Central Service Cooperative, located in North Mankato, has assisted the City Council in the process of hiring a new city administrator.