Renton Reporter
Renton City Councilmember Valerie O’Halloran earns Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership

O’Halloran completed more than 60 hours of training and demonstrated local community service.

City of Renton Councilmember Valerie O’Halloran has earned an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. The award was presented by Renton Mayor Armondo Pavone at Sept. 19 Renton City Council meeting. “My congratulations to Councilmember O’Halloran for earning her advanced certification,” said Mayor Pavone on Sept. 19. “This achievement reflects her strong desire to serve our residents as she goes beyond her normal councilmember duties.” Councilmember O’Halloran is in her first term on the city council, winning the election in November 2019. “When I was elected, I made it a goal to learn what it means to be a city council member,” said Councilmember O’Halloran. “More specifically, to learn what it takes to be an effective council member. This Advanced Certification is a product of my commitment to serve the Renton community as best I can. I thank you for trusting me to do the people’s work.” She chairs the Finance Committee, is vice-chair of the Community Services Committee and is a member of the Utility Committee. She also serves on the Renton Regional Fire Authority Governance Board, Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee, King County Flood District Advisory Committee, the I-405/I-167 Executive Advisory Group, and WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council. She joins fellow Councilmember Ruth Pérez in earning this Advanced distinction. AWC’s Certificate of Municipal Leadership program recognizes city and town elected officiants for accomplishing training in five core areas that include: – Roles, responsibilities, and legal requirements – Public sector resource management – Community planning and development – Effective local leadership – Diversity, equity, and inclusion “Being a city leader in Washington is a complex job,” said AWC CEO Deanna Dawson. “Through our Advanced CML program, we are providing our elected officials with the knowledge they need to operate effectively within the law, plan, secure and manage funds, foster strong relationships, and work to build more equitable communities.” To earn the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership, Councilmember O’Halloran completed more than 60 hours of training and demonstrated local community service. She earned her Certificate of Municipal Leadership during the pandemic in 2020.
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