Linda Kochmar, a city of Federal Way Council member, recently received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).
AWC’s Certificate of Municipal Leadership program recognizes city and town elected officials for accomplishing training in four core areas:
• Roles, responsibilities and legal requirements
• Public sector resource management
• Community planning and development
• Effective local leadership
“Cities and towns around the state are continually transforming in light of changing laws and the need to meet new challenges and opportunities,” stated AWC Chief Executive Officer Peter B. King in a press release from the city.
“Our Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership program helps mayors and councilmembers sharpen the tools they need today to understand the legal landscape, plan for the future, manage their resources, and foster strong relationships. The elected officials who earn this certificate demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and a desire to bring new ideas back to their community.”
To earn the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership, Kochmar completed more than 60 hours of training credits and demonstrated community service.
Kochmar has served as mayor, deputy mayor, chair of all City Council committees, and was elected twice by her colleagues as chair of the Suburban Cities Public Issues Committee. Kochmar was previously elected to the Washington State House of Representatives, where she served on the following state committees: Transportation, Technology, Local Government, Business, Insurance, and Finance, as well as the Statewide Executive Steering Committee on Human Trafficking and Aging. She was named 2016 Outstanding Legislator of the Year by the State Sewer/Water Association.
AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies. AWC also provides training, data and publications, and programs such as the AWC Employee Benefit Trust, AWC Risk Management Service Agency, AWC Workers’ Comp Retro, AWC Drug and Alcohol Consortium, and AWC GIS Consortium.