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Buckley mayor to serve as president of Association of Washington Cities

OLYMPIA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) announced that Buckley Mayor Pat Johnson was elected President of AWC on June 22 at its Annual Business Meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as AWC president,” said Johnson. “Regardless of the size or location of our cities and towns, we all have issues in common and we must continue to work together to address our challenges at home in Olympia and in the other Washington. We have more strength working together than trying to work solo.”

Johnson has served on the AWC Board of Directors for five years. She was initially elected to the board to represent district 6, which includes 27 cities and towns in Thurston County and Pierce County. Her term as president is one year.

Johnson has been Buckley mayor for 12 years, and has served on the Buckley city council for 14 years prior to becoming mayor.

The AWC Board of Directors is the association’s governing body. The board is comprised of 25 directors, 23 of whom are mayors or city councilmembers from Washington cities or towns, and two non-elected city officials who also serve as the president and past president of the Washington City/County Management Association.

AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary. However, AWC consistently maintains 100 percent participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns. AWC also provides training, data and publications, and programs such as the AWC Employee Benefit Trust, AWC Risk Management Service Agency, AWC Workers’ Comp Retro, AWC Drug and Alcohol Consortium, and AWC GIS Consortium.

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For information about all new and re-elected officers and directors, visit the AWC website.

Media contact:
Emma Shepard
Communications Coordinator
Association of Washington Cities
emmas@awcnet.org
(360) 753-4137

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