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City of Sequim Interim City Manager Charisse Deschenes will be recognized with the Outstanding Assistant Award for populations under 10,000 by the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA) for her role as Assistant City Manager. Deschenes will be presented the award at the WCMA annual conference on Thursday, August 12.
“The award recognizes outstanding achievement and exemplary work by a local government professional who provides valued assistance to a chief local government administrator/manager and who has made significant contributions toward excellence in leadership,” said WCMA Executive Director Tracy Burrows. “It’s a well-deserved award! Congratulations Charisse!”
Deschenes became City of Sequim Assistant City Manager in 2018 following her roles as Assistant to the City Manager and Senior Planner. She was acknowledged for her participation in the City’s facilitation team, Sequim Service Fest, legislative advocacy, regional childcare, management of housing funding, COVID-19 Emergency Coordination Center support, LEAN program support, launching the City’s Performance Management Program, and supporting fellows and interns. She has served as Interim City Manager since February 2021.
Deschenes is a graduate of the Northwest Women’s Leadership Academy, Leadership ICMA, and the Senior Executive Institute, and serves on the NextERA Advisory Group with the Alliance for Innovation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Resource Management and a Master’s in Business Administration.