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Former Authors

MRSC has been fortunate to attract talented and dedicated staff over the years. Some of our authors have retired or left the organization but their legacy lives on in their writing.

Sarah Bollard
Sarah wrote about specialized topics impacting local governments. View all posts by Sarah.

John Carpita
John wrote about engineering design, purchasing and bidding issues, construction contracts, local improvement districts, and other public works issues. He retired in 2017. View all posts by John.

Laura Crandall
Laura wrote on a variety of local government issues including organizational and program development, staff management and mentoring, budgeting, and benefits. View all posts by Laura

Jim Doherty
Jim addressed a variety of local government issues, with special expertise in transmission pipeline planning issues and marijuana legalization. He retired in 2018. View all posts by Jim.

​Sue Enger
Sue wrote about a variety of local government planning issues and retired in 2014. View all posts by Sue

​Judy Isaac
Judy wrote about issues impacting local government public works, as well as issues impacting Washington State special purpose districts. View all posts by Judy.

Byron Katsuyama
Byron wrote about forms of government, strategic planning, performance measurement, emerging issues, and general local government management. He retired in 2021. View all posts by Byron.

Joe Levan
Joe wrote about the Open Public Meetings Act, the Public Records Act, court decisions, and a host of other legal issues. View all posts by Joe.

Josh Mahar
Josh wrote about social media, Washington State local governments, and government performance topics. View all posts by Josh

Pat Mason 
Pat wrote about public records, open public meetings, and a variety of topics pertaining to municipal law. He retired in 2015. View all posts by Pat.

Bob Meinig
Bob wrote about the Open Public Meetings Act, municipal incorporation and annexation, and a host of other legal issues. He retired in 2016. View all posts by Bob

Toni Nelson
Toni wrote on a wide range of topics pertaining to local government finances. She retired in 2020. View all posts by Toni.

Lynn Karl Nordby
Lynn wrote on local government management, leadership, solutions to homelessness, and cybersecurity. He retired in 2018. View all posts by Lynn.

Robert Sepler
Robert wrote about about recent court decisions and other topics impacting local governments. View all posts by Robert.

Paul Sullivan
Paul wrote about a variety of topics pertaining to municipal law, including public records, recent court decisions, and human resources, and he authored numerous MRSC publications on local elections, ordinances, and general local government operations. He retired in 2019. View all posts by Paul.

Carol Tobin
Carol wrote about local government planning, the Growth Management Act, and related issues. She retired in 2015. View all posts by Carol.


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