Philadelphia, November 18, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter was selected as one of nine recipients of Governing magazine’s 2014 Public Officials of the Year award,which recognizes excellence in state and local government. The honorees are profiled in the December issue of Governing.
“I want to thank Governing magazine for recognizing me with this great honor, but I want Philadelphians to know that the real honor must go to the employees of the City of Philadelphia, the most committed, professional workforce in the country,” said Mayor Nutter. “Our team goes above and beyond the call of duty, driven by purpose everyday in service to the citizens of our great city. I want to thank our many great City employees for working to make Philadelphia a cleaner, greener, safer, smarter Philadelphia.”
Zach Patton, Executive Editor for Governing said, “These nine men and women are outstanding examples of the tremendous achievement that’s happening in state and local government right now. Especially when the federal government is plagued by partisan fighting and gridlock, these dedicated individuals have shown that real change is possible. We’re honored to recognize their contributions to public service.”
Now in its 23rd year, Governing’s Public Officials of the Year program highlights public-sector leaders who have made an indelible impact on their communities.
“It is an affirmation of the power and the value of public service and of the capacity of the citizens of our states and localities to govern themselves well,” said GoverningPublisher Mark Funkhouser. “Nobody goes into public service for the money or the recognition. Those who join the ranks of government do it because they hope to make a difference. The record shows that the individuals we are recognizing have done just that.”
The following officials were named Governing’s 2014 Public Officials of the Year:
- The Honorable Stacey Y. Abrams, House Minority Leader, State of Georgia
- Carrie Banahan, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Health Benefit and Health Information Exchange
- Chris Connealy, Texas State Fire Marshal
- Billy L. Hattaway, P.E. District Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation
- George S. Hawkins, General Manager, DC Water
- The Honorable Michael P. Hein, Ulster County Executive, New York
- The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
- The Honorable Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan
- Wendy S. Still, MAS Chief Adult Probation Officer, City & County of San Francisco, California
Public Officials of the Year are selected from nominations submitted by readers, experts in the public and private sectors and the Governing editorial team. Among the qualities recognized are leadership, courage, innovation, creativity and good management.
The Governing 2014 Public Officials of the Year will be honored at a gala dinner at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., on December 4, 2014.
For a list of all past Governing Public Officials of the Year as well as detailed descriptions of the 2014 awardees’ accomplishments, please visit: www.governing.com/poy.
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