Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey was recently recognized by the Association of Washington Cities for earning an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership.
To earn the certification, Towey completed more than 60 hours of training in the essentials of municipal service.
A lifelong resident of Spokane Valley, Towey joined the City Council in January 2010 after serving on the Spokane Valley Planning Commission. He was immediately selected by his fellow council members to serve a two-year term as mayor, and was subsequently selected to serve again as mayor for 2012-2013.
According to the AWC, the CML program is designed to enhance the ability of elected municipal officials by providing knowledge and skills to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships.
Since the City's incorporation, Spokane Valley City Council members have made it a practice to pursue these certifications as part of their commitment to providing strong and knowledgeable leadership for the citizens they represent.
AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation representing Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary; however.
AWC maintains 100 percent participation from Washington's 281 cities and towns. The goal of AWC is to create and maintain livable cities and towns throughout the state.