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County Leads in National Awards

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June 20, 2008

From record-keeping to gardens, creek restoration to fire relief, the County of San Diego’s wide variety of services has once again earned more recognition than any other American county by the National Association of Counties.

“We continuously strive to deliver superior services to the public in the most efficient manner and receiving these awards from an outside, independent organization is validation that we are one of the best-run counties in the nation,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox.

The County received 39 Achievement Awards, which are given to county programs that are innovative and successful, and save time and money.

Begun in 1970, the awards program was created as part of the Association’s “New County, USA” campaign, which sought to modernize and streamline county government. Other award winners with high totals were Los Angeles County, which earned 23 awards, and Maricopa County in Arizona, which won 17.

San Diego County’s award-winning programs represent each of the County’s five major branches: Community Services; Finance & General Government; Health & Human Services; Land Use & Environment; and Public Safety.

Among the County initiatives honored were its Work Readiness Program for young men at the Camp Barrett residential facility for juvenile offenders; the Specialty and Small Business Job Order Contracting Program, which provides opportunities to smaller, local contractors; Problem Gambling Counselor Training; and the Low Impact Development Handbook, which serves as a guide for reducing the environmental impacts of development projects.

Several programs that addressed challenges presented by the 2007 wildfires were also recognized, including the Assessor’s Relief for Fire Victims; Firestorm 2007 Rapid Community Response, Rebuilding Workshops and Erosion Control; the Farm & Home Advisor’s Wildfire Zone; and the County’s Continuity of Operations Plan.

For a complete list of awards, visit: www.naco.org.