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Mayor Greg Fischer named a Public Official of the Year

Will be honored Feb. 3 in Washington D.C.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2013) — Citing his work to create a city of compassion and innovation, Governing Magazine today named Mayor Greg Fischer to its prestigious Public Officials of the Year awards.

fischerFischer said he was honored and credited his team and the city at large.

“One person alone cannot create and implement a vision for Louisville — it takes all 5,500 employees and all 750,000 citizens working together,” Fischer said. “We are intentionally focused on becoming a model high-performance city for the 21st Century. Our innovations are social and technical and they are my administration’s hallmark as we grow a city where everyone wins.”

“We’re always happy to highlight government officials who are doing great work,” said Erin Waters, Governing Magazine publisher. “But the nine leaders we’re recognizing this year are particularly outstanding. They’ve shown a sterling dedication to serving the public through strong leadership and good management. We’re grateful for their service.”

Governing’s 2013 Public Officials of the Year include:

♦ Anthony Brown, Lieutenant Governor, State of Maryland

♦ José Cisneros, Treasurer, City & County of San Francisco, California

♦ Karen DeSalvo, Health Commissioner, City of New Orleans, Louisiana

♦ Greg Fischer, Mayor, City of Louisville, Kentucky

♦ William Howell, Speaker, House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Virginia

♦ John Kitzhaber, Governor, State of Oregon

♦ Kathy Nesbitt, Executive Director, Department of Personnel and Administration, State of Colorado

♦ Brooks Patterson, Executive, Oakland County, Michigan

♦ Emily Rahimi, Digital and Social Media Manager, New York City, New York

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. Award winners are profiled in the December issue of the magazine and on governing.com. They will be honored at a dinner at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 3.