October 3, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
Phone: (360) 337-4481
Commissioner Endresen Elected to State and National
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.