Release Date: June 4, 2015
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Mayoral Candidate Cathy Watson Awarded Certificate of Municipal Leadership
Ferndale City Councilmember and mayoral candidate, Cathy Watson, has received her Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Councilmember Watson completed more than 30 hours of training credits to earn this distinction, including courses in Municipal Budgeting and Fiscal Management, Labor Relations, and Local Government Leadership.
“The CML program has helped me be a better councilmember and prepare myself for the additional responsibilities of the office of Mayor,” Watson said.
The CML program is designed to enhance the abilities of elected officials by providing them with the knowledge and skills to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships.
“I’m committed to the continuing education required to be an effective public servant,” Watson added. “That’s why I’ll be attending the AWC Annual Conference this month to learn more about how other cities are reinvigorating their communities, share ideas for making our City processes more efficient, and build relationships with representatives from cities facing the same issues as Ferndale.”
Watson has served on the Ferndale City Council since January 2012 and is Chair of the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee and a member of the Public Works Committee. She is also Council liaison to the Ferndale Arts Commission and the Ferndale Service Cooperative Board. Watson’s varied career has included working as a Coast Guard electronics technician; NASA meteorologist, public affairs officer, NASA TV commentator, and experiment manager; and middle school math and science teacher.
The Association of Washington Cities is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the State legislature, executive branch, and regulatory agencies. The goal of the AWC is to create and maintain livable cities and towns throughout the state. Though membership is voluntary, the AWC maintains a 100% participation rate from all of Washington’s 281 cities and towns.