Bellingham City Councilmember Michael Lilliquist recently received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). The program recognizes elected officials for accomplishing training in certain core areas including public sector resource management, community planning and development, and legal responsibilities.
“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 CEO Peter B. King. “Our Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership recognizes mayors and councilmembers who continue to enhance the tools they need today to understand the legal landscape and plan for the future."
To earn the Certificate, Lilliquist, who has served on the Bellingham City Council since 2009, completed more than 60 hours of training credits and demonstrated excellence in community service.
“I've been working since day one in office to learn all I can about local government practices and policies," said Lilliquist. “The AWC programs have been invaluable to that end."
Lilliquist served as Council President in 2017 and currently chairs the Planning & Community Development Committee. He is on a number of community boards, including the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and Whatcom Transportation Authority.