Register for AWC’s City Action Days!
January 24-25 | Olympia
AWC’s popular winter legislative conference is back and packed full of valuable information for cities. Attend this conference to meet with and educate legislators about city priorities, advocate for your city, discover how the legislative process works, engage in the state’s policy and budget development process, and ultimately make a difference in your community at the state level. Register now
AWC Board of Directors recruiting for two positions
Members of the AWC Board of Directors play a critical leadership role in the association’s success. The AWC Ad-Hoc Nominating Committee is calling for applications to fill vacancies in AWC Board Districts 4 and 5. District 4 represents 19 cities and towns in two counties in central Washington. District 5 represents 26 cities and towns in five counties in southwestern Washington. Applications are due December 12 and interviews will take place January 23 in Olympia. More
Recruiting members for AWC Board Nominating Committee
AWC is seeking elected officials interested in serving on the 2018 AWC Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee recruits, interviews and selects a list of potential candidates for election to the AWC Board of Directors at AWC's Annual Conference in June. See qualifications, meeting dates, reimbursement info, and contact information. Deadline to apply is December 15. More
Four Washington officials now serving on NLC board
Congratulations to four Washington city officials who now serve on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities (NLC). Mayor Andy Ryder of the City of Lacey and Councilmember Doris McConnell of the City of Shoreline were reelected to the NLC Board at the annual City Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina. They serve alongside Councilmember Bill Peloza of the City of Auburn. Additionally, Councilmember and AWC Director Cynthia Pratt of the City of Lacey was appointed to chair the NLC Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Advocacy Committee, and therefore also sits on the NLC board. Thank you for representing us! More
Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee opening
The Office of Public Defense (OPD) has an opening for a city representative on the OPD Advisory Committee. More information on the committee’s work is available here. The city representative is appointed by AWC and may not be a current judge, prosecutor, public defender, or court employee. Interested city officials should contact Sheila Gall.
JLARC releases guidance for agencies on public records performance metrics
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is required to begin collecting data in July 2018 for the 2017 calendar year (July 23 – December 31, 2017) for agencies that spend at least $100,000 per year on public records requests. See the guidance they released about the data required and methods for calculating the data. More
Ten steps to take for a successful legislative session
The 2018 legislative session is only months away. Take advantage of the interim and engage your legislators on important city issues now. Here’s a tip to get you started:
#5 Get your legislator’s cell phone number and ask them for periodic meetings during session.
Want more ideas? See this handy top ten list.
Local ballot measures
Our new data story revisits the 2017 elections, this time focusing on city ballot measures across the state. Explore the outcomes by category, type, or city. Or apply multiple filters for a deeper dive.
Acknowledge an outstanding student in your community!
AWC's Center for Quality Communities will award six outstanding high school seniors a $1,200 scholarship to pursue a post-secondary degree in fall 2018. Each city can nominate one student for consideration. Completed applications must be submitted by the city and forwarded to the AWC Center for Quality Communities by March 9. More
See you this Saturday at Elected Officials Essentials
December 2 | 12 locations
We look forward to welcoming incoming mayors and councilmembers to this Saturday’s Elected Officials Essentials. The workshop covers the most critical legal and functional responsibilities of local elected office including basic legal obligations and liabilities, and statutory roles and responsibilities. Plus, this training meets the specific requirements for elected officials under the Open Government Training Act. It’s not too late, most locations still have space available. Register now!
Wondering who's already registered?
More than 360 have registered for the Elected Officials Essentials training across the state. Registrants hail from 141 different cities and towns and include 28 mayors, 293 city councilmembers, and staff ranging from city clerks to manager/administrators. More
Keeping the people informed: Open government in Washington State
December 1 | Olympia
The Washington Courts Historical Society presents this daylong seminar where current Supreme Court Justices, noted practitioners, and experts will present on topics including the history of the Washington Public Records Act, Open Courts, the Public Disclosure Commission, confidentiality of WSBA and judicial disciplinary records, General Rule 31.1, and a concluding ethics presentation on attorney-client issues. More