The City of Washougal is pleased to announce that City Administrator David Scott was presented with the Excellence Award for Managers or Administrators by the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA) at the group’s annual meeting in Winthrop, Washington. The Excellence Award recognizes an outstanding administrator or manager who enhances the effectiveness of local elected officials and consistently initiates creative and successful programs. Two Excellence Awards are given each year; one to a member with a jurisdiction greater than 10,000 and one to a member whose jurisdiction is less than 10,000. Nominations for the award are peer reviewed.
“I’m honored and humbled to accept this award and am especially appreciative because it is recognition from my peers across the state,” said Scott. “This really is a team award. We have a great team in Washougal, and I’m just one member.”
Scott has had many significant accomplishments throughout his tenure as City Administrator in Washougal. Most notably, he worked with the team to deliver upwards of $20 million in capital funds through effective legislative advocacy. Since 2010, the City has received a remarkable $7.5 million for access improvements on SR-14 in Washougal, plus state funding towards a new wastewater treatment plant, the Washougal Waterfront Trail, remodel of the Washougal Community Center’s kitchen (which provides cooking space for Meals on Wheels and ReFuel Friday), and money to repair the dock at Steamboat Landing Park. He is also responsible for spearheading the adoption of the City’s first strategic plan in 2013, which created the vision, mission statement, along with the community and organizational values that are guiding the future of Washougal. The implementation of the strategic plan that Scott kicked off was a clear, effective performance management system that continues to evolve.
Scott was nominated by Lloyd Halverson, a mentor and friend who served as City Administrator for the City of Camas from 1989-2013. The two became colleagues while Scott worked with the City of Vancouver. Halverson, now a governmental affairs consultant, continues to work with Scott on legislative advocacy for the City.
Halverson noted, “David Scott is an exemplary local government administrator, and this is seen in his achievements, leadership, and professional engagement. Throughout our time working together as neighbors and collaborators, I have been very impressed with both his skills and his character.”
Scott was appointed Washougal City Administrator in May 2010 and has worked in public service for 32 years, beginning his career with the City of Los Angeles as a structural engineer and later holding positions with the City of Tigard and City of Vancouver. He holds a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering from the University of California San Diego and a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government. Scott has been a WCMA board member for four of his eight years of membership in the association. He just began a term as Vice President.
WCMA members include managers, administrators and assistants of municipalities, counties and other similar government agencies. The association has over 250 members and offers enhanced educational and networking opportunities with managers of similar interests, challenges and responsibilities. WCMA is an affiliate of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
David Scott, City Administrator
(360) 835-8501 ext. 102
Michele Loftus, Communications Specialist
(360) 835-8501 ext. 510