-- Patricia Eldredge, an employee of the Benton and Franklin conservation districts, has been named the 2013 South Central Area Employee of the Year by the Washington Conservation Commission.
Eldredge has been bookkeeper for the conservation districts since 2009.
In 2013, she took on the additional challenge of managing the Adams Conservation District's financial records.
Jack Clark, chairman of the Benton Conservation District, said Eldredge attacked the task with tenacious and diligent attention to detail. She sleuthed through receipts to rebuild and restore historical records for the Adams County district.
She completed its critical annual financial reports and organized and modernized the CD accounting system, then trained new staff to maintain the system, a release said.
-- Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins recently received the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.
Watkins, who was elected to the council in 2004 and became mayor in 2010, earned the distinction by completing more than 60 hours of training credits, according to a city of Pasco news release.
The Certificate of Municipal Leadership program is designed to enhance elected city officials' abilities 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.