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AWC CEO Announces Departure

Olympia, WA – On Tuesday, October 14, 2015, Mike McCarty, CEO of the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) announced his departure from AWC effective January 1, 2015, after 12 years of service with AWC, 6 as the CEO, and almost 40 years in the public sector.

Mr. McCarty is only the 4th CEO in the organization’s 81-year history.  Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary. However, AWC consistently maintains 100% participation from Washington's 281 cities and towns.

According to McCarty, “With the strong leadership at the helm of the organization’s Executive Team, and its passionate and dedicated staff, it is unlikely that a transition in AWC’s top executive officer position will affect the work of the organization.” AWC focuses its work in following five service areas: legislative representation; educational training; publications and resources; technical assistance; and member pooling programs. AWC Board President, Francis Benjamin, thanked Mike for his dedicated service to AWC as well as to local governments throughout the state. He believes that, “Mike has invested in and prepared an incredible AWC staff. I am confident that the organization is strong and positioned to continue providing cities and towns with the best possible advocacy, education and services.”

AWC recently launched Operation Strong Cities, a multi-faceted effort to mobilize city officials to engage and hold state legislators accountable in order to prevent the erosion of the historic partnership between the state and its cities and towns. This is an exciting time for the organization and its membership. The AWC membership is comprised of the dynamic and growing communities that contain 4.5 million people who live, learn and play within them. Thousands more work in these communities every day, and all depend on the public safety, transportation and infrastructure systems they provide.

Information regarding the search for AWC’s new CEO will be forthcoming.