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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor Fischer Named a Public Official of the Year

Thursday October 31, 2013

 He will be honored February 3 in Washington D.C.

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.

Fischer 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 Governing Publisher Erin Waters. “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 They will be honored at a dinner at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. on February 3.

About Governing |

Governing covers politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders. Recognized as the most credible and authoritative voice in its field, Governing provides non-partisan news, insight and analysis on budget and finance; transportation and infrastructure; workforce and economic development; health and human services and more.

Governing is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.