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MRSC Insight articles are written by the staff of the Municipal Research and Services Center, representing a broad range of talents and interests. Learn more about our authors:

Tracy Burrows, Executive Director
As MRSC’s Executive Director, Tracy seeks out innovations in local government, tracking trends in management and technology that impact your work. She has over 20 years of local government and non-profit experience, specializing in growth management, transportation, and general city management issues. View all posts by Tracy.

Steve Butler, FAICP, Planning and Policy Manager
Steve has been involved in most aspects of community planning for over 30 years, both in the public and private sectors.  Steve has served as president of statewide planning associations in both Washington and Maine, and was elected to the American Institute of Certified Planner’s College of Fellows in 2008. View all posts by Steve.

Flannary Collins, Legal Consultant
Flannary joined MRSC after working as the assistant city attorney for the city of Shoreline. At Shoreline, Flannary advised all city departments on a wide range of issues including public records, land use, code enforcement, public works bidding, and construction claims. View all posts by Flannary.

Jim Doherty, Legal Manager
Jim has over 20 years of experience researching and responding to varied legal questions at MRSC. He is the lead attorney consultant and has special expertise in transmission pipeline planning issues, as well as the issues surrounding medical and recreational marijuana. View all posts by Jim.

Jill Dvorkin, Legal Consultant
Jill joined MRSC after working as a civil deputy prosecuting attorney for Skagit County. At Skagit County, Jill advised the planning department on a wide variety of issues including permit processing and appeals, Growth Management Act (GMA) compliance, code enforcement, SEPA, legislative process, and public records. View all posts by Jill.

Steve Hawley, Senior Communications Coordinator
Steve brings a broad public policy background, including experience in regional water management, land use, and transportation planning to MRSC and can be found reporting on general election results each year. View all posts by Steve.

Judy Isaac, Public Works Consultant
Judy’s experience in public works and public procurement includes purchasing positions with Redmond and Shoreline, and most recently as Purchasing Manager for KCDA Purchasing Cooperative. Working in areas of procurement and project management has provided Judy significant experience in both the public and private sectors. She currently holds a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certification through the Institute of Supply Management. View all posts by Judy.

Byron Katsuyama, Public Policy and Management Consultant
Byron has over 30 years of experience in local government policy and administration research including such areas as forms of government, strategic planning, performance measurement, and general local government management. In addition to his consulting duties, Byron also maintains the “In Focus” section of MRSC’s Web site and is editor of our “In Focus,” and “Ask MRSC” e-newsletters. He also coordinates our HR, Planning, Finance, Council/Commission and Open Government Advisor columns. In his own community of Kirkland, Byron has served as a member of the city’s planning commission. View all posts by Byron.

Leah LaCivita, Communications Coordinator
Leah manages MRSC’s blogs and webinar training program in addition to developing website content. She has worked with various nonprofits, membership associations, and research organizations in a variety of positions, including fundraising, communications, marketing, and editing.View all posts by Leah.

Toni Nelson, Finance Consultant
Toni's background in governmental accounting is extensive with over 24 years in the public sector. She was with the Washington State Auditor’s Office and, before that, served as the Clerk/Treasurer for the Town of Twisp. She authored the Small Cities Manual, monthly articles for the Finance Advisor column for MRSC and is a speaker for state organizations such as AWC, WFOA, WMCA, and WMTA on topics pertaining to budgeting, cash basis accounting and reporting and the application of Washington State B.A.R.S. requirements. View all posts by Toni.

Lynn Karl Nordby, Public Policy and Management Consultant
Lynn’s public sector career includes 30 years in local government management and experience in virtually all municipal services including the operations of a wide variety of municipal utilities. He is a Credentialed Manager through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing program. View all posts by Lynn.

Oskar Rey, Legal Consultant
Oskar Rey has practiced municipal law since 1995 and served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Kirkland from 2005 to 2016, where he worked on a wide range of municipal topics, including land use, public records, and public works.  View all posts by Oskar.

Paul Sullivan, Legal Consultant
Paul has worked with local governments since 1974 and has authored MRSC publications on local elections, ordinances, and general local government operation. He also provides training on the Open Public Meetings Act. View all posts by Paul.


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