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Date: October 3, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
Phone: (360) 337-4481
No. 06-79

Commissioner Endresen Elected to State and National Boards

PORT ORCHARD, WA—This past week at the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC), Commissioner Chris Endresen was elected as Vice President of the state association. In 2005, she was elected Secretary/Treasurer for the organization. Endresen began her third term as a Kitsap County District 1 (North Kitsap) Commissioner in January 2005. An advocate for good government, Chris is well respected locally and nationally for her ability to collaborate with cities, state agencies, tribal governments and citizens to bring creative solutions to complex issues.

“While the counties in Washington are diverse geographically and economically, all counties in our state face challenges. WSAC is a place we can all come together to help respond to those challenges strategically and learn from our peers,” said Endresen.  “I am proud to assume this new leadership role representing Washington counties statewide.”

Created in 1906, WSAC helps counties improve their capacity to serve their citizen by working to advocate for local government needs and support critical county services. WSAC members include elected county commissioners, council members and executives from all of Washington’s 39 counties. A voluntary, non-profit association, WSAC provides advocacy and liaison with the legislature and statewide elected and appointed officials, training and workshops, a worker’s compensation retrospective rating pool, technical assistance and the opportunity to network and share best practices. Commissioner Jan Angel also serves on the board, and Commissioner Patty Lent serves as an alternate.

Endresen has also been appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Counties (NACo). NACo is the only national organization in the U.S. the represents county government. Founded in 1935, NACO provides essential services to the nation’s 3,066 counties. Similar to WSAC’s services, NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. NACo's membership totals more than 2,000 counties, representing over 80 percent of the nation's population. The Board of Directors is nominated each year at the annual conference in July or August. Other representatives from the state of Washington include Commissioner Jane Hague, King County, and Councilmember Kirke Sievers, Snohomish County.

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