By Jesse B. Gill Staff Writer
Posted: 08/24/2011 06:11:11 PM PDT

San Bernardino County recently won 27 National Association of Counties achievement awards meant to recognize the improvement of public services and management by county agencies.

Ninety-four counties from 30 states won 468 of the prestigious awards, according to San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert. The only other counties in the country that received more awards were Los Angeles and San Diego counties, he said.

Los Angeles County, with more than five times as many employees as San Bernardino, won 35 awards, while San Diego County claimed 28.

“I’m very pleased that our employees in our departments are performing so admirably and the recognition is well-deserved,” said San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry.

The County Board of Supervisors recognized and honored the people and departments responsible whose work led to the awards Tuesday.

The 27 awards were spread across 13 county departments. County Behavioral Health and Children and Family Service departments both garnered six awards.

The 2011 awards included a “Best in Category” award for the San Bernardino County Probation Department for its Peer Support Program. Probation employees created the program as an answer to the stress brought on by tough economic times, said Probation Chief Michelle Scray.

“Emotional and mental healthy is clearly a factor in having happy, healthy and hard-working employees,” Scray said.

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