The Association of Washington Cities has awarded Edmonds City Councilmember DJ Wilson with a Certificate of Municipal Leadership. The award recognizes Wilson’s advocacy on behalf of the City of Edmonds at AWC events, conferences and legislative efforts in Olympia.
“Achievement of this certificate demonstrates essential knowledge and skills to be an effective municipal leader,” said Nancy McLaughlin, AWC President and City of Spokane Councilmember.
A key requirement of the award is completing more than 30 hours of training credits. Wilson participated in courses that included municipal budgeting strategies, utilizing social media to engage citizens, terrorist response preparedness and case studies in economic development.
“I’m honored with this distinction from the Association of Washington Cities,” Wilson said. “It’s nice to be recognized for some of the hard work Council members do when the cameras are not on.”
Wilson is the only member of the current City Council to have earned this award, and the first member to have done so since 2007 when the late Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson earned the certificate.
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, the state executive branch and with regulatory agencies.