A multi-media scrapbook comprised of interviews with people who’ve made a lasting impression on local government in Washington state; Lasting Impressions highlights contributions to the community, the state and/or the profession in an effort to:

  • Enhance our understanding of key people, places and events in Washington history.
  • Verify a commonly-held interpretation or provide an alternate interpretation of key people, places and events in Washington history.
  • Capture valuable perspectives and knowledge to pass along to future generations and local government officials.
  • Increase public appreciation for local government by telling positive stories about cities and local government elected officials in WA.

Leading a diverse community – Episode 005

In the latest Lasting Impressions podcast, Mayor Suzette Cooke shares her experiences as Mayor of Kent, one of the most diverse cities in the state.

Journey to leadership: A small-town mayor’s story – Episode 004

In the latest Lasting Impressions podcast, Nanette Konishi shares how she came to be Mayor of Rosalia and what that role has meant to her.

The secret to successful community leadership – Episode 003

Four city leaders from Auburn, Bellevue, Kent, and Walla Walla share their experiences guiding their cities through various events and answer the question, “What’s the secret to successful leadership?”

Bob Roegner – Episode 002

Getting things done by consistently and creatively working together is the theme of this video installment from Bob Roegner, former Mayor of Auburn. Hear how a can-do and collegial approach helped overcome obstacles to major projects across multiple jurisdictions.

Additional resources:
Auburn, WA – thumbnail history

Tom Trulove – Episode 001

Tom Trulove, Mayor of Cheney now and in the 1970s-80s shares his experience as a city leader when Mount St. Helens erupted. He recalls the event as his first test on his ability to lead the community through an emergency.

Additional resources:
Cheney, WA – thumbnail history
Eastern Washington University history