Pateros mayor awarded AWC Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Presented at council

Mike Maltais/QCH Twisp Mayor Soo Ing-Moody, right, presents the AWC Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership to Pateros Mayor Carlene Anders at July’s regular monthly council meeting.

The certificate presented to Carlene Anders.

PATEROS – Mayor Carlene Anders was presented with an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) during the regular monthly meeting of the Pateros City Council on Monday, July 19. Anders was recognized for her achievement by AWC earlier this year and Twisp Mayor Soo Ing-Moody attended the council meeting to officially present Anders with the award.
The AWC award recognizes accomplishments of municipal elected officials in four core areas:
● Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements
● Public sector resource management
● Community planning and development
● Effective local leadership
Anders was required to complete more than 60 hours of training credits and demonstrate community service to earn the AWC certificate. She completed 152 hours of training to complement an extensive record of community service.
“Our Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership recognizes mayors and council members who continue to enhance the tools they need today to understand the legal landscape, plan for the future, manage their resources, and foster strong relationships,” said AWC Chief Executive Officer Peter B. King. “The elected officials who earn this certificate demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and a desire to bring new ideas back to their community.”
A City of Pateros media release details Anders’ journey in city government beginning with her appointment to the city council on Sept. 15, 2014. Anders ran opposed for mayor in 2015 to complete the term of Mayor Libby Harrison who resigned after six months in office following the loss of her home in the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire. Anders was reelected in November 2017 to a four-year term. She currently serves on the following boards and committees:
North Central Washington Economic Development
    Vice-Chair Jan.-May 2017, Chair May 2017-Dec. 2018
Okanogan County Transit Authority – TranGo
    Vice-Chair 2017-present  
Okanogan County Community Action Council
North Central Accountable Communities of Health    
    Present Chair of the Governance Committee
Association of Washington Cities – Small Cities Advisory Committee
    Second appointment December 2020
Washington State Enhanced 9-1-1 Advisory Board, AWC Eastern WA representative
    Re-appointed 2021
Okanogan County Dispatch Advisory Committee
    City representative alternate
WA State Disaster Resiliency Work Group
    Presenter and work session contributor    
Anders helped spearhead $7.6 million in funding for the city’s new water system from two sources, a Community Development Block Grant, and a USDA Rural Development loan. She assisted 12th Legislative District Senator Linda Evans Parlette with writing the second state appropriation funding request for the Pateros water project.
Affordable childcare for working families has long been one of Anders’ major efforts. She helped create the Pateros Treehouse Early Education Organization (PTEEO), a 501(c)3 a nonprofit formed in 2019. The state Department of Commerce awarded PTEEO an Early Learning Facilities Grant to bring needed childcare and preschool to Pateros and the surrounding area.
AWC serves its members through advocacy, education, and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington’s 281 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 Employees Benefit Trust, AWC Risk Management Service Agency, AWC Workers’ Group Retro, AWC Drug and Alcohol Consortium, and AWCGIS Consortium.


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