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  • What is a city? An overview of Washington cities’ functions and services

    Certificate of Municipal Leadership programThis e-learning module provides a brief introduction to how cities operate. Examine the building blocks, forms of government, making of public policy, budgeting and the services a city offers.
    (CML: Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements; 1 credit)

  • 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; 3 credits)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • AWC’s elected officials’ road map

    Elected officials must learn all about their new role, what their city does, and how to inspire change that has a lasting impact on their community and future generations. This road map helps elected officials navigate their first year in office.

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