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Frequently asked questions about the AWC Board of Directors

What is the AWC Board of Directors?

The Board is the governing body of the Association of Washington Cities, a private nonprofit corporation, and is responsible for providing continuing guidance and direction to the Association's CEO and staff.

The AWC Board provides specific guidance regarding legislative proposals on the basis of the AWC 2015 Statement of Policy adopted at the annual business meeting by delegates from the Association of Washington Cities’ member cities and towns. The Board also reviews and adopts the Association's annual operating budget, establishes membership fees, and provides policy direction regarding other issues of concern to the Association.

Some AWC Board members also serve on the governing board of the Association of Washington Cities Employee Benefit Trust.

Who is on the AWC Board?

The AWC Board is comprised of 25 members, as follows:

  • A president, vice president, immediate past president and past president
  • One local elected official from each of the 14 AWC districts statewide, except for the City of Seattle which has 2 seats on the board
  • Two local elected officials representing cities in multi-city districts in Western Washington at-large
  • Two local elected officials representing cities in multi-city districts in Eastern Washington at-large
  • The president and past president of the Washington City/County Management Association

AWC Board roster

Cities by district

Board district map

What are the qualifications for Board members?

The AWC Bylaws require Board members to be elected city officials, or appointed city/county managers, in the case of the representatives of the Washington City/County Management Association. In the case of Board members elected from districts, the official must be from a city or town located within the respective AWC district, and must hold an elective office of some city or town within the state for a minimum of one year or be an ex-officio director.

Regarding the at-large positions: the western positions are filled by city officials from a city or town located west of the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, and the eastern positions are filled by city officials from a city or town located east of the crest of the Cascade Mountain range. The western at-large position number two and the eastern at-large position number four must represent a city or town of less than 5,000 population.

What other qualifications or experience are beneficial for a city official considering serving on the AWC Board?

Board members have generally found it helpful to be acquainted with the Association of Washington Cities and its purposes, policies and programs. Knowing area legislators, having the ability to attend full-day Board meetings and special meetings as needed, and being generally interested in taking active part in AWC events and activities throughout the year are all beneficial.

How are Board members elected?

Prior to the annual business meeting, a Nominating Committee appointed by the AWC President solicits local officials interested in being considered for election to the AWC Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee is responsible for nominating local officials to be submitted to city delegates during the AWC annual business meeting. Nominations may also be made from the floor of the annual business meeting. The voting delegates from each city and town represented at the business meeting cast votes to elect members of the Board of Directors.

When are the Board members elected?

Board members are elected during the business meeting at the AWC annual conference. District and at-large positions are two-year terms (even-numbered and at-large districts are up for election in even years, and odd-numbered and at-large districts in odd years). Officer positions are one-year terms. The Board is authorized by the AWC Bylaws to appoint elected city officials to fill the remainder of unexpired terms when vacancies on the Board occur.

Who pays Board member expenses?

AWC is responsible for reimbursing Board members for lodging, travel, and incidental expenses incurred in conjunction with attendance at AWC Board meetings.

What is expected of AWC directors?

The primary responsibilities of the directors are to oversee the discharge of the general responsibilities of the AWC, including adoption of the AWC’s legislative agenda, adoption of the annual budget, review and direction of the member services programs, adoption and monitoring execution of the AWC strategic plan, and providing direction regarding other policy issues.

What is expected of the AWC Executive Committee?

The committee's roles and responsibilities are outlined in order to provide an overview and to identify key activities during the term of office.

What is the relationship between the AWC Board and the boards of the Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, and the Center for Quality Communities?

The AWC Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association of Washington Cities, a private nonprofit corporation. Although an individual on the AWC Board may also serve as a trustee for the AWC Employee Benefit Trust (Trust), or as a board member of the AWC Risk Management Service Agency (RMSA) or the AWC Center for Quality Communities, each of these boards is a separate governing body.

How can I get more information on the AWC Board of Directors?

This website has extensive information about the programs and organization of the association. You may also contact Alicia Seegers Martinelli or Michelle Fry in the association's office at 1076 Franklin Street SE, Olympia, WA 98501, or call toll-free 1-800-562-8981 or (360) 753-4137.

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