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Association of Washington Cities announces its next Chief Executive Officer

Peter B. King

Olympia, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, announced that its Board of Directors named Peter B. King as its next Chief Executive Officer. King will be the fifth leader in the association’s 82-year history.

“Peter has extensive nonprofit and association management experience, and knows AWC and our cities’ issues well,” said AWC President Francis Benjamin and City of Pullman councilmember. “We are pleased to welcome him back to the association in this capacity.”

King is a Seattle-area native. He started his career with AWC and was on the staff for 11 years, eventually holding the position of Director of Operations. Since leaving AWC in 1987, King was Executive Director at the League of Iowa Cities, Executive Director of the Colorado Counties Association, and most recently, Executive Director of the American Public Works Association. King earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science at Washington State University, and his Master of Public Administration at Seattle University.

“It is an honor to return to AWC and the great state of Washington,” said King. “I am excited about what lies ahead for Washington’s cities and towns. I look forward to working with elected and appointed city and town officials to ensure they have the tools, flexibility and capacity to continue to build ‘strong cities.’”

King will assume the role of CEO on July 23, 2015.

About the Association of Washington Cities: The Association of Washington Cities is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation representing Washington’s 281 cities and towns before the legislature, executive branch, state agencies, and congress. The association also provides an array of programs and services. Membership is voluntary, yet AWC consistently maintains 100% statewide participation. For more information, visit www.awcnet.org.