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

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

  • Cityvision November/December 2018

    Local twist: Aligning levels of authority in an age of preemption

  • 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.

  • 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.

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