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Mayor Kasim Reed Named One of GOVERNING Magazine’s 2011 Public Officials of the Year

Post Date:10/27/2011

Reed one of nine leaders recognized as the best and brightest in state, city and county government

ATLANTA -- GOVERNING Magazine today announced that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is one of the top state and local government officials who will be honored for leadership and excellence this year. The 2011 Public Officials of the Year are leaders from state, city and county government recognized for outstanding accomplishment in their positions and communities. The annual awards program is in its 18th year.

“Every morning, I am honored to wake up and serve the people of the City of Atlanta,” Mayor Reed said. “I appreciate this recognition by GOVERNING Magazine. It inspires me to work even harder to ensure Atlanta remains the capital of the Southeast and becomes a leading global city that is prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century.”

GOVERNING Magazine’s 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. With the nine officials honored this year, GOVERNING has named a total of 167 people as Public Officials of the Year.

"These dynamic state, city and county public officials faced both economic and political challenges," said GOVERNING Publisher Fred Kuhn. "Through their collective vision, these stellar leaders worked to better not only their communities but to set an example for future leaders to follow."

Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Since taking office, Mayor Reed has hired more than 400 police officers, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers as safe havens for young people and improved core city services such as fire-rescue response times and sanitation operations. Within 18 months, he has increased the city’s reserves from $7.4 to more than $70 million dollars. Working with the Atlanta City Council and the city’s employee unions, he successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s pension liability.

Prior to his election, Mayor Reed established a track record of leadership during his 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. He was first elected in 1998 as a State Representative and served two terms. From 2002-2009, he served in the Georgia State Senate, where he was Vice Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus and a member of the Judiciary Committee, Higher Education Committee, Ethics Committee, Transportation Committee, and State and Local Government Operations Committee.

GOVERNING's 2011 Public Officials of the Year are:

  • Mike Beebe, Governor, State of Arkansas
  • Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor, The City University of New York.
  • Ronald Haddad, Chief of Police, City of Dearborn, Michigan.
  • Lee E. Haworth, Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee-Desoto Counties.
  • Nigel Jacob and Chris Osgood, Co-chairs, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of
  • Boston.
  • Dan Liljenquist, Senator, State of Utah.
  • Joanie Mahoney, County Executive, Onondaga County, New York.
  • Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta, Georgia.

Thế giới cáGOVERNING's 2011 Public Officials of the Year are profiled in the November issue of the magazine and on http://www.governing.com/POY . They will be honored at a dinner at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 17, hosted by GOVERNING and sponsored by Motorola, NIC, Oracle and SAP. Press passes to the event are available.

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