Longview city councilwoman MaryAlice Wallis 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.”
Councilwoman Wallis completed more than 30 hours of training credits to earn this distinction.She was elected and started serving on the Longview city council in January 2018. In that time she has been serving on many boards and committees including: CWCOG Board and Executive Board, Accessibility Advisory Committee Liaison, Housing Opportunities of SWW Alternate Board Member, Sister City Alternate Board Member, Park Board Alternate Board Member, Longview School Board Alternate Board Member, Downtown Advisory Committee Liaison, Longview Downtowners Liaison, and the ’23 Club. Wallis is in a local writers group, authoring three children’s scriptural puzzle books and is the Assistant Director of the Community Festival of Nativities. She also is a Precinct Committee Officer for the Hillcrest Precinct and Vice-President of the Cowlitz County Women’s Republican Club. She attended schools in Longview, graduating from Mark Morris High School, Lower Columbia College, and Western Washington University. She has a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and teaches Speech Therapy in her home. MaryAlice and her husband David have four grown children.
AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington’s 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 Worker’s Comp Retro, AWC Drug and Alcohol Consortium, and AWC GIS Consortium.