Meet the Candidates: Larry J. Stevens

Thursday, November 10, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 30, 2008


He is 52, married, and has two daughters, ages 30 and 17.

Professional experience

Currently serves as city manager of Edmond and has held the position since March 2002. His administrative career dates back to 1978. He served as city manager in Pittsburg, Kan., from February 1991 to March 2002 and city manager of Brookfield from October 1988 to February 1991.


Received a master’s degree in public services administration in 1978 and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/political science in 1975, both from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.

Other information

He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, a board member for the City Management Association of Oklahoma, a member of the board of trustees for the Edmond Regional Medical Center and a member of the Edmond Central Rotary Club. He also enjoys time with his family, sports, quail hunting and reading.


What challenges have you faced in your city that have prepared you for the Columbia job?


“We’re a rapid-growing city. In fact, we’re almost growing faster than Columbia with our growth rate at 3.4 percent.

“We’re trying to balance quality-of-life issues with rapid-growth issues. We have a very strong emphasis in our city on quality of life.

“I think the fact that I have served in several cities where there are universities is a plus.

“It’s not a qualification, but I’m a diehard Missouri fan.”


What attracts you to Columbia?


“I think Columbia has had a long-standing reputation for being a strong community. ... My wife and I are both from Missouri, so it’s an opportunity to look at somewhere in our home state.”


What is your greatest accomplishment in city government?


“I think we’re not in an ‘I’ business, we’re in a ‘we’ business, so you’re never working alone. But I would say the ability to build entities in the different cities I’ve worked in.”

— Matt Graham and Lesley Long

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