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2013 Public Officials Of The Year

Filed under: Local Politics


Every year Governing Magazine recognizes Public Officials of the Year. You can view the 2013 honorees here.

Below I have highlighted quotes describing the characteristics of some of the elected officials being honored.

John Kitzhaber – Governor of Oregon

“a remarkable series of bipartisan achievements”
“What distinguishes Kitzhaber is his readiness to try new things”
“He is willing to take risks, to innovate and sometimes to fail,”
“The role I play now is as convener,” says Kitzhaber, who served as Senate president for eight years before first becoming governor in 1995. “I try to be a facilitator between the parties and develop a space for trust.”

José Cisneros, Treasurer, San Francisco

“the office has become a laboratory for creative ideas to help families break the cycle of poverty”
“It’s been inspiring to see a public official expand the mandate of his office in such a productive way. He’s taken ideas that were incubated in the stale halls of think tanks and academia and made them a reality.”
How did the treasurer transform his office into a shop for antipoverty initiatives? “It’s a really unusual combination of creativity and willingness to take risks,”

L. Brooks Patterson, County Executive, Oakland County, Mich.

“He accepts the value of change and the importance of it,”

Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville, Ky.

“He’s been asking really hard questions.”
“He tries to find ways to do things rather than ways not to do things.”
“At the heart of his performance efforts is a focus on data.”

Are there any elected officials in Western New York that match the quotes mentioned above? What public officials locally deserve special recognition?

  • Black Rock Lifer

    Nobody here from WNY? I would think our own Chris Collins might deserve honorable mention in the gratuitous pandering category.

  • KBuffalo

    Brian Kulpa, mayor of Williamsville, has been working on a lot of forward-thinking planning initiatives, including overhauling the village’s zoning code and moving to form-based zoning and developing a new vision for Main Street to make it more walkable. He got off the dime with the ECWA water consolidation, which has been proposed many times over the decades. He’s achieved a great deal and given a lot to the village.