Wertz Earns Certificate

Ridgefield City Council Member Darren Wertz recently received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership (ACML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Councilman Wertz completed over 60 hours of training credits to earn this distinction and demonstrated valuable service to his community.

The CML program is designed to enhance the ability of elected municipal officials by providing knowledge and skills to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds and foster community and staff relationships.

Mr. Wertz initially served on the Ridgefield city planning commission and since 2008 has been on City Council. He holds degrees in economics from UCSD Revelle College and University of Oregon Graduate School. He is married to Ridgefield native Juanita (Finch), raised his family in Ridgefield and served the community and people of Clark County through Rotary, Boy Scouts, American Legion, Board of Equalization, as Planning Coordinator an Economist for Clark PUD and on the planning commission.

Mr. Wertz has held licenses as Commercial Real Estate Broker, Washington State Water Manager III and Certified Cash Manager. He has served on the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol for over 18 years and is a decorated Army veteran.

Committed to “good government” Mr. Wertz strives to create for future generations a safe, prosperous, healthy and highly desirable place to live.

AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary; however AWC maintains 100% participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns. The goal of AWC is to create and maintain livable cities and towns throughout the state.


  1. Marie Bouvier says:

    Congratulations, Darren! Your service to the community is exemplary. Thank you so much for all that you have done for Ridgefield!

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