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  • Small City Resource Manual

    Small cities are different than their larger counterparts. This resource manual provides a brief overview of key topics and outlines important issues.

  • Email like a pro

    At the 2018 Annual Conference, Michael Buschmohle delivered a stellar presentation with practical advice on improving communication skills.

  • 10 traits of effective leadership

    Want a fresh perspective? In June at Annual Conference, Ferndale Mayor Jon Muetchler taught us these 10 traits of effective local leadership.

  • GMA comp plan conversation starters

    Certificate of Municipal Leadership programThis Growth Management Act "starter package" features a series of 12 videos covering planning and land use roles and responsibilities, budget, economic development, community engagement and more. (CML: Community planning and development; 1 credit)

  • The Ten Commandments of Community Leadership

    Through cartoons, this publication provides a set of ideas and tools that leaders can use to strengthen communities and build a solid foundation for innovation and prosperity.

  • So you want to be an elected official...

    Interested in running for office in Washington’s cities or towns?

  • Mayor & Councilmember Handbook

    This handbook serves as a reference guide for mayors and councilmembers in Washington cities and towns operating under the mayor-council form of government. There are, however, materials on issues which also directly concern elected officials in council-managers cities. It covers the job of a mayor and councilmember, budget basics, council meetings, ethics, and other resources.

  • Knowing the legal territory

    Certificate of Municipal Leadership programThis video series is a must-see for every newly elected mayor and councilmember. This training fulfils the Open Government Training Act requirement for elected officials. (CML: Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements; 5 credit)

  • Guidelines for elected and appointed officials' participation in elections activity

    Elected officials and city staff should understand Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) guidelines before participating in any elections activities, including taking a position on a ballot measure or endorsing a candidate for political office.

  • Guidelines for city officials who routinely engage with legislators or communicate with constituents about legislative matters

    The Public Disclosure Law, passed by initiative in 1972, includes important legal restrictions on how cities and towns communicate with their legislators and constituents about legislative issues at the state level.

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