Published: 20 February 2012 05:26 PM

PublicCEO, an online media organization that focuses on local government throughout California, has named Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Tavaglione its elected official of the year.

As president of the California State Association of Counties, Tavaglione spearheaded the coalition’s efforts in 2011 to reduce the damaging effects of state budget decisions on county governments across California. Tavaglione established a direct relationship with Gov. Jerry Brown and routinely met with the governor, members of his administration and state legislators to represent the needs and interests of residents.

In announcing Tavaglione’s selection, PublicCEO said the first issue Brown addressed as governor was a realignment plan that shifted billions of dollars to the local level for services previously provided by the state. The plan carried tremendous risks for the governments as well as local residents but the counties association and Tavaglione worked with the governor to develop a plan that was manageable, safe, and responsible, PublicCEO said in its announcement.

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