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Ryan Walters, freshman City Council member, has been awarded a Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).

Councilmember Walters completed over 30 hours of training credits to earn this distinction.

The CML program is designed to provide knowledge and skills that enhance the ability of elected municipal officials to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships.

To earn this certificate, the official attends a variety of AWC-sponsored municipal workshops. The courses help mayors and councilmembers learn the essentials of municipal service and improve their ability to work with council colleagues, city staff, and the public.

Councilmember Walters was elected to the Ward 1 seat on the Anacortes City Council in 2011.

He currently serves on the Council Finance, Planning, and Public Works committees and the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and Port-City Liaison Committee. In his day job, Walters serves as a civil deputy prosecuting attorney for Skagit County. He maintains a city council blog at and social media presence for his constituents on Twitter (@AnacortesWard1) and Facebook (

AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary; however AWC maintains 100% participation from Washington's 281 cities and towns. The goal of AWC is to create and maintain livable cities and towns throughout the state.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times