Mahoney tapped as one of nation's top public officials

Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive, has been named one of the top state and local government officials in the nation.

Governing, a publication company devoted to local and state political and agency news, named Mahoney one of their 2011 Public Officials of the Year. Since 1994, the magazine has chosen 167 officials. Mahoney marks the first in recent years from Central New York. In the 2011 roster, Mahoney is joined by Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, and Mike Beebe, governor of Arkansas, among six others.

Others honored

Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas

Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor, The City University of New York

Ron Haddad, Chief of Police, City of Dearborn, Mich.

Lee E. Haworth, Circuit Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit Court, State of Florida

Nigel Jacob and Chris Osgood, Co-Chairs, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

Dan Liljenquist, Senator, State of Utah

Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta

Mahoney, a Republican who took over as county executive in 2008, was honored based on the award’s main criteria, including ‘stellar leadership,’ and officials who work to make a better community.

“Most people will say that it’s important to our region to have a healthy and vibrant city, but too often that’s just lip service,” Stephanie Minor, Syracuse mayor, told Governing. “Joanie makes decisions that reflect that.”

Mahoney and the other recipients will be honored at a dinner in mid-November in Washington, D.C.

For more information and to read Governing's take on Mahoney, head to Governing.

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