Mayor to be honored

February 9, 2009

By Jim Feehan

Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger

The Municipal League of King County has named Mayor Ava Frisinger Public Official of the Year.

The award is given to a public official or department head who in addition to routine service, has brought to the office outstanding innovations or contributions.

“It’s good to see Issaquah recognized regionally and I’m very happy for that,” Frisinger said.

She is the first individual from Issaquah to receive a Municipal League Civic Awards honor since the awards’ inception in 1960. In 2002, Chevrolet of Issaquah won business of the year honors. In 2007, then-State Rep. Fred Jarrett was named Public Official of the Year. Jarrett represents the 41st District that includes a portion of Issaquah.Frisinger was among eight individuals and three organizations honored by the 2009 Civic Awards.

“Ava is being recognized for the body of her work,” said Brad Meacham, Municipal League chairman. “Oftentimes, the accomplishments of people in smaller cities go unnoticed. We’re here to shed a light on her good work.”

Frisinger is very active regionally, he said. In addition to her role as mayor, she wants to make certain Issaquah has a strong voice in the region, he added.

Frisinger was a finalist for the 2008 award and has been a finalist on one other occasion, Meacham said.

The awardees were nominated by the public, evaluated by the league’s Civic Awards Committee and approved by the league’s trustees. Meacham said.

The Municipal League of King County is a nonpartisan volunteer organization founded in 1910. The league is perhaps best known for its evaluation committee that rates candidates in several King County jurisdictions.

Frisinger, a Municipal League member for the past six years, said she values the organization’s work.

“I do value the candidate evaluations and I find them helpful,” she said.

Other winners include:

-Cary Moon, of the People’s Waterfront Coalition, Citizen of the Year.

-Allen Church, fire chief of South King Fire & Rescue, Public Employee of the Year.

-Force 10 Hoops LLC, owners of the Seattle Storm, Business of the Year.

– Seattle Works, Organization of the Year.

– Joni Earl, CEO of Sound Transit, and Greg Nickels, mayor of Seattle, James R. Ellis Regional Leadership Award.

– Brice Maryman, of Open Space Seattle 2100, Doug Mason Memorial Award.

– Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, Warren G. Magnuson Memorial Award.

– Bruce D. Carter and Norma Jean Hanson, Mary Skelton Memorial Volunteer Award.

The 50th annual Civic Awards ceremony is March 25 at the Seattle Art Museum. Learn more and purchase tickets at

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