Stephen Kepley Bio
For the last 4 years Stephen Kepley has served the citizens of Kentwood as Mayor and head administrator (by City Charter, the Kentwood Mayor is the head administrator for the City, managing day-to-day operations). Mayor Kepley gained much of his valuable experience while working for Kentwood as the Director of Engineering and Inspections for 10 years prior to becoming Mayor. Former Mayor Rick Root created the Director’s position to streamline processes, for problem solving, and for improving public relations for businesses that were considering relocating or expanding within the City of Kentwood. A year later, Stephen was given the responsibilities of both the City Engineer and Building Official for Kentwood. With the backing of Mayor Root, Stephen made and implemented the necessary changes for bringing new businesses to Kentwood, while assisting existing businesses to accomplish their goals for future growth in Kentwood. Stephen has always loved working with people to solve problems, encourage growth, and serve the common good of those around him. He continues to use his skills to carry on this work as the Mayor of Kentwood.
Servant leadership and a deep sense of personal responsibility are two character traits that have directed Stephen’s actions for most of his life and have served his family, friends, citizens, and the corporate world, well. He has been an excellent student, dedicated husband, father, leader and reliable employee. Graduating with honors from a Virginia high school, he attended Virginia Tech’s Engineering School earning a BS in Engineering. Stephen started working immediately after graduating from Virginia Tech for a national manufacturer of civil engineering product solutions. His life in Kentwood started in 1989 when the company transferred him to the area, where Stephen was responsible for servicing customers in over 40 counties. He learned what it was like to serve both company and customer while cultivating his understanding of the world of marketing, manufacturing, and construction, and working to distinguish himself as a responsible citizen and community leader.
Having just moved to Kentwood, Stephen helped plant a church and soon became an elder, treasurer, and youth leader. He met his wife, Susan, while passing out bulletins one Sunday morning. A year later they were married and will be celebrating their 22nd anniversary in 2017 with their three lovely daughters. Stephen and Susan enjoy investing in people. For over 22 years Stephen and Susan have been the off-site advisors for Calvin College’s Mu Kappa group, a missionary and third culture group for students. Throughout the years, Stephen and Susan have mentored students and led small groups. They believe the best investment one can make is in people, for the rewards will continue for generations to come.