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Maricopa County Wins 48 National Awards

PHOENIX, Arizona — May 16, 2018 — Maricopa County is being recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for visionary leadership that improves our residents’ quality of life. From helping the next generation breathe easier to using technology to provide best-in-class customer service, Maricopa County leads the way. Overall, Maricopa County received 48 awards this year, including 12 from the Library District. County programs that have been recognized include:

  • The Dogs with Jobs program, which introduces the public to many types of jobs that dogs perform in Maricopa County
  • The Title Wave program, an interactive reading program for tweens.
  • The Fireplace Retrofit program, at no charge to the homeowner, retrofits a wood burning fireplace with an air pollution reduction device to help our residents breathe easier.
  • The Video Appearance Center allows people in custody to be taken to one central location where a judge could appear, via video conference, to hear their cases. This has cut court wait times in half.

“I am so incredibly proud to announce the 2018 NACo Achievement Award recipients,” said Cindy Kolazynski, MCLD Director & County Librarian. “Thanks to our amazing staff for their dedication and leadership in implementing these unique and impactful initiatives.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the National Association of Counties for our employees’ daily efforts to make Maricopa County safer and healthier,” said Chairman Steve Chucri, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, District 2. “These wide-ranging, award-winning programs show we are a government that can maximize our resources to bring about a smart, sustainable future.”

Maricopa County’s programs help modernize county government and increase services to our residents. NACo, an organization that unites the nation’s nearly 3,100 counties, recognized that Maricopa County programs have achieved measurable results worth sharing nationwide.