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Resources for newly-elected officials

AWC serves its members, cities and towns, through advocacy, education and services. Below are important resources for newly-elected officials.


Register now for Elected Officials Essentials

December 2 | Various locations
AWC’s Elected Officials Essentials is a training tailored to newly-elected officials. The workshop, held in twelve locations throughout the state, covers basic legal obligations and liabilities, along with elected official statutory roles and responsibilities. This is a “can’t miss,” nuts-and-bolts training for new mayors and councilmembers.


So you want to be an elected official…Practical information for people running for office in Washington’s cities and towns

This short pamphlet provides general information about what cities do, roles and responsibilities, how to work as part of a team, and where to go for more information.


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-manager cities. It covers the job of a mayor and councilmember, budget basics, council meetings, ethics, and other resources.


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.


Open government eLearning

These customized, online courses help elected officials meet state-required training for the Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act.


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