Councilmember Falcone Awarded Certificate of Municipal Leadership

Published on March 19, 2021


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KIRKLAND, Wash. – Kirkland Councilmember Amy Falcone recently received a 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,” said AWC Chief Executive Officer Peter B. King. “Our 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.”

Councilmember Falcone completed more than 30 hours of training credits to earn this distinction. She was elected to Position 6 on the Kirkland City Council in November of 2019. The former PTA President at Thoreau Elementary School, her extensive volunteerism at the school earned her the 2017 Golden Acorn Award. She was also elected to the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) board of directors in 2016. Councilmember Falcone holds a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Temple University where she also taught undergraduate statistics.

Kirkland Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold has also been awarded a Certificate of Municipal Leadership, and Mayor Penny Sweet and Councilmember Toby Nixon have been awarded Advanced Certificates of Municipal Leadership. 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 Employee Benefit Trust, AWC Risk Management Service Agency, AWC Workers’ Comp Retro, AWC Drug and Alcohol Consortium, and AWC GIS Consortium.

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