County of San Diego programs received 56 Achievement Awards in 2017 from the National Association of Counties, which recognizes innovative county government programs from across the nation each year. Of the 3,069 counties in the U.S., the County of San Diego’s 56 awards were the most given to any county. Among the programs recognized were: a plan to provide public information in Spanish via social media during emergencies; a Honey Bee Protection Program that revised an ordinance to allow residents to maintain up to two hives with mandatory bee management training to keep neighbors safe; a Vet-Connect program that uses video teleconferencing in County libraries to connect veterans with benefits experts who can provide counseling and help in completing benefits claims forms; and an electric vehicle program that offers both County employees and the general public a charging network at key County locations and will add electric vehicles to the County fleet.


The County of San Diego’s Owner Controlled Insurance Program won a Regional Golden Watchdog Award from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, an independent public policy institution that honors programs that exemplify the wise use of tax dollars. The County purchased an umbrella policy at substantially lower premiums for liability and workers’ compensation coverage for all general and sub-tier contractors on two major building projects, increasing safety and saving $1.5 million.


The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) awarded San Diego County a Merit Award in the 2017 CSAC Challenge Awards. The statewide program honors innovation in improving county services. The Merit Award went to the County’s Community Involved Vocational Inmate Crew Service (CIVICS) program. In a joint effort by the Sheriff’s Department and County Parks and Recreation, non-violent inmates are taught how to perform tasks such as trail maintenance, tree planting and removal, stormwater pollution control, and making health and safety improvements. The Parks and Recreation Department obtains a supplemental workforce to maintain parks, and the Sheriff’s Department gains a service project for inmates designed to teach job skills and reduce recidivism.


The County of San Diego’s Department of General Services Fleet Division was ranked number 5 in the Country’s Top 20 fleets at the Government Fleet and Expo Conference. The County’s fleet also ranked number 5 among leading fleets across the nation in Government Fleet magazine and the American Public Works Association Leading Fleets 2016 awards program.


For the 16th year in a row, the Department of Purchasing and Contracting won the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The County of San Diego was one of 45 agencies in California and one of only 48 counties in the U.S. and Canada to receive the award.


The KidSTART program was recognized as a Program of Excellence by Jackson Healthcare as part of the 2016 Hospital Charitable Services Awards program. It was one of 10 programs across the nation recognized for excellence in the community impact, innovation and collaboration category. KidSTART is an integrated program within First 5 San Diego and the Health and Human Services Agency Behavioral Health Services and operates from Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego to support children with complex needs.


The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) earned national reaccreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). CAPRA, the only national accreditation for parks and recreation operators, measures agencies for excellence  through 152 benchmarks of quality. DPR is one of only 25 county parks and recreation agencies in the nation to be accredited and the first one in California to be reaccredited.


The County Communications Office (CCO) won nine awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors including two first place awards. CCO won Best Website for, and in the Public Education category, CCO received first place for a video on an electronic records management system in the Health and Human Services Agency.


















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