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Lacher earns leadership award from AWC

Town of Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). The award recognizes the Mayor’s advocacy on behalf of the Town at AWC events, conferences and legislative efforts.

The CML program is designed to enhance the ability of elected officials by providing knowledge and skills to efficiently operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds and foster community and staff relationships.

A key requirement to earn this distinction is for elected officials to earn at least 30 credits by attending a variety of AWC sponsored municipal workshops. These courses help mayors and councilmembers learn the essentials of municipal service.

Mayor Lacher participated in courses that included budget, fiscal management and economic development. She is the only current Town elected official to have earned this award, and the first official to have done so since former Mayor David Jones earned the certificate in 2008.

Founded in 1933, the Association of Washington Cities is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the State legislature and other regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary, however AWC maintains 100% participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns.

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