EVERY YEAR since 1994, GOVERNING magazine has honored individual state and local government officials for outstanding accomplishment by naming them Public Officials of the Year. Elected, appointed and career officials from any branch of state or local government are eligible. Our readers and Governing.com visitors are invited to nominate individuals who have had a notable positive impact on their department or agency, community or state.
Nominations for the 2009 awards must be submitted through this Web-based form by May 29, 2009. GOVERNING annually receives several hundred nominations from individuals in the public and private sectors. In addition, GOVERNING staff consults experts and scholars in the field, and also nominates outstanding individuals they encounter in the course of their work. The nominations are evaluated by a selection committee, which, after painstaking research, chooses the winners.The Public Officials of the Year are honored at an awards banquet in the fall, and their profiles appear in the November issue of Governing.
To nominate a public official, go here.