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Cheney City Administrator presented Award of Excellence
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Cheney City Administrator presented Award of Excellence

From the City of Cheney:

Arlene Fisher, City Administrator of the City of Cheney, was recently presented with the Award for Excellence from the Washington City/County Management Association at its annual conference.

The Award for Excellence recognizes an outstanding administrator or manager who has enhanced the effectiveness of local elected officials and consistently initiated creative and successful programs, in a jurisdiction with population greater than 5,000.

Mayor Tom Trulove will honor Ms. Fisher by re-presenting the award plaque to her during the Cheney City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:00 p.m., 609 2nd Street, Cheney.

In his nomination, Mayor Trulove described Ms. Fisher as dedicated, energetic, and innovative. Under her vision and inspirational leadership, City departments were reorganized, the budget improved, and successful programs such as business licenses and online utility payments were developed. She led the reorganization of Cheney’s building, planning, and code departments, which resulted in Cheney’s Industrial and Commerce Park sites being certified developable in less than 30 days—the first such sites in Spokane County.

Ms. Fisher inspired Cheney firefighters to all achieve ILS certification, oversaw passage of an EMS levy, and developed a program to contain IT costs. She was a leader in hiring a new police chief and in bringing police and fire communications up to state-of-the-art levels. She championed the rebuilding and improvement of Cheney’s community center after it was destroyed when the roof collapsed due to a heavy snowfall. She oversaw creation of the Let’s Move, Cheney program and of getting a $500,000 grant to start work on a new 50-acre park.

Then there was creation of the City Solid Waste Department and plan; completion of the sewage treatment plant and composting facility expansions; and passage of a utility tax to fund residential street and sidewalk preservation, which passed by 75.8% of the vote. Ms. Fisher has been a driving force behind various community celebration events, the largest of which is the two-day Cheney Jubilee, complete with a world-class barbecue competition. Further, she works alongside administrators at Eastern Washington University to ensure the safety of their students.

“I have seen firsthand Arlene’s passion for Cheney residents and its development and economy,” said Tom Trulove, Cheney Mayor. “In everything she does, she is constantly thinking of ways to improve city services and attract new businesses, while saving money in the City’s budget. She sincerely desires to make this a better community for all. Under her guidance and encouragement, a culture of excellence has been established among City staff and elected officials alike. Everyone works together in common purpose with shared values and goals. Widespread praise of the City is the norm, and citizens like their city.”

Arlene Fisher was appointed city administrator in January 2008, having previously served as Director of Finance & Administration and City Clerk for the City of Liberty Lake for seven years, and was instrumental in that city’s incorporation. Ms. Fisher has over 33 years of public service ranging from law enforcement to CFO for the U.S. Federal Court in Spokane. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from EWU, and is a National Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association.

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