City works to develop mission statement

The Council will hold a three-hour work session Wednesday in hopes of creating a mission and values statement.

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WALLA WALLA - City officials are developing a mission and values statement.

Earlier this year, city officials agreed to pay local consultant Susan Newton $2,500 to guide the city through the process of creating the statement, which will be used next year to develop a citywide strategic plan.

The consultant's work with the city will include review of a report put together last year by another consultant.

Last August, City Council unanimously approved paying $30,000 to Baldrige Performance Excellence Program representative Paul Steel to help the city improve the quality of services it provides. Newton will review that material.

In a work session last month, Council members began drafting some possible mission statements under Newton's guidance. Catch phrases like "best possible city" or "wonderful place to live" and "provide excellent municipal services" were suggested by Council members.

"No matter what you put together somebody will not like it ... you are just looking to get the best," Newton advised.

The Council will hold a three-hour work session Wednesday in hopes of creating a mission and values statement.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place at the Council Chambers, 15 N. Third Ave., 3:30-6:30 p.m.

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