Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz was elected this month as president of the Washington City/County Managers Association, and will take office at their annual conference in Walla Walla on August 16th. He has served as WCMA vice president for the last year.
As part of his new role, he will also serve on the board of the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). WCMA is an affiliate of the International City/County Management Association, an organization devoted to enhancing the proficiency of city managers, county managers, and other municipal administrators, and strengthening the quality of an urban government through improved professional management.
There can be a variety of benefits to cities when their managers assume the WCMA presidency. The profile of the city and its programs and policies can increase throughout the state. Perhaps most importantly, the new president has the ability to influence the WCMA’s agenda throughout the year, which means that issues critical to Lakewood have a better chance of getting attention.