Mayor Nutter was named one of Governing magazine's 2014 Public Officials of the Year for his work in making Philadelphia cleaner, safer, and more fiscally sound.

The award, which was given to eight other officials from around the country, recognizes leaders in state and local government.

Zach Patton, Executive Editor for Governing said this year's award recipients are examples of the "tremendous achievement" in state and local government right now.

"Especially when the federal government is plagued by partisan fighting and gridlock, these dedicated individuals have shown that real change is possible. We're honored to recognize their contributions to public service," Patton said in a statement.

This is the 23rd year that the magazine gives out its Public Officials of the Year awards. The winners are selected from nominations submitted by readers, experts in the public and private sectors and the Governing editorial team.

Nutter was touted for reducing the homicide rate and the high school drop-out rates, and updating the city's property assessment system.

"The real honor must go to the employees of the City of Philadelphia, the most committed, professional workforce in the country," Nutter said in a statement. "Our team goes above and beyond the call of duty, driven by purpose everyday in service to the citizens of our great city."

For a list of all the winners and their bios, visit

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