Training & Education

Elected Officials Roles and Responsibilities including Open Government

October 28 – Almira
408 W Main Street
Almira, WA 99103
October 29 – Twisp New location!
201 S Methow Valley Highway
Twisp, WA 98856

Your role as an elected official is important. The separation of power between the mayor and council needs to be clearly understood to allow for efficient operation of your city.

This session will cover:

  • Basic powers of government
  • Statutory duties of the mayor and council
  • Separation of powers doctrine
  • Conflicts of interest
  • An overview of different kinds of meetings, Open Public Meetings Act, executive sessions, and hearings
  • Practical advice for being an effective elected official and habits of highly successful leaders

This workshop is for elected officials such as city councilmembers, mayors and members of local government special district boards and commissions. Staff such as city clerks who work directly with elected officials will also benefit from this workshop. This training meets the new open government training requirements for governing bodies and elected officials.


Almira & Twips – sign in and on-site registration begins at 6 pm. Session will be from 6:30 – 8:30pm


Roger Neal, Loss Prevention Coordinator, AWC RMSA
Roger has over 25 years of risk management experience. He has worked with public entities and Fortune 100 companies, assisting in reducing risks. In addition to his private sector risk management experience, Mr. Neal has been a department head and elected official in Washington State.

Registration and fees

Member registration – FREE for RMSA members only
Other registration – $95 per person

A fee of $25 will be charged for cancellations made more than one week prior to the workshop for which you are registered. Cancellations made less than seven days prior to the workshop for which you are registered will require full payment.


Workshop information
Caitlin Magee

Registration or cancellation questions and special acommodations
For TDD users, please use the state’s toll-free relay service, (800) 833-6388, and ask the operator to dial the AWC number.


Earn 2 credits toward your Certificate of Municipal Leadership and meet the roles, responsibilities & legal requirement.