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Our Authors

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:

Mike Bailey, Finance Consultant
Mike writes about local government financial management, local government budgeting, financial leadership, and strategic planning processes. View all posts by Mike

Sarah Bollard, Project Specialist 
Sarah writes about specialized topics impacting local governments. View all posts by Sarah.

Tracy Burrows, Executive Director
Tracy writes about innovations in local government, tracking trends in management and technology that impact local government leaders. View all posts by Tracy.

Steve Butler, FAICP, Planning and Policy Manager
Steve writes about a variety of planning-related topics, such as short term rental regulations, approaches to affordable housing, local government zoning, specialized impact fees, the Growth Management Act, and more. View all posts by Steve.

Flannary Collins, Managing Attorney
Flannary writes on a wide range of issues including the Open Public Meetings Act, ethics, and personnel issues, and is especially knowledgeable on the Public Records Act and public records management, disclosure, and case law. View all posts by Flannary.

Sarah Doar, Legal Consultant
Sarah writes on many aspects of government business, including compliance with public records and opening meeting laws, land use issues, and environmental law. View all posts by Sarah

Jill Dvorkin, Legal Consultant
Jill writes on permit processing and appeals, Growth Management Act compliance, code enforcement, SEPA, and land use case law. View all posts by Jill.

Linda Gallagher, Legal Consultant
Linda writes about recent national and state court decisions, alternative dispute resolution, and other topics impacting local governments. View all posts by Linda.

Steve Gross, Legal Consultant
Steve writes about a vareity of topics impacting local governments. View all posts by Steve

Steve Hawley, Senior Communications Coordinator
Steve writes about local government finance issues and reports on local government ballot measures. View all posts by Steve.

Judy Isaac, Public Works Consultant
Judy writes about issues impacting local government public works, including procurement and recent legislation. She also addresses issues impacting Washington State special purpose districts. View all posts by Judy.

Byron Katsuyama, Public Policy and Management Consultant
Byron writes about forms of government, strategic planning, performance measurement, emerging issues, and general local government management. View all posts by Byron.

Leah LaCivita, Communications Coordinator
Leah writes about a variety of issues and profiles innovative local government programs and projects in Washington State. View all posts by Leah.

Toni Nelson, Finance Consultant
Toni writes on a wide range of topics pertaining to local government finances including budgeting, cash basis accounting and reporting, and the application of Washington State B.A.R.S. requirements. View all posts by Toni.

Oskar Rey, Legal Consultant
Oskar writes on a variety of local government issues including land use, zoning, code enforcement, public records, and public works. View all posts by Oskar.

Former Authors

MRSC has been fortunate to attract talented and dedicated staff over the years. For information about authors who are no longer with the organization, please visit our Former Authors page


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