Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was among 10 men and women honored Wednesday in Washington D.C. by Governing magazine as the 2018 Public Officials of the Year.

“With his relentless focus on data and eye for big ideas, he embodies what it means to be an effective urban leader in 21st-century America,” according to Governing. “It’s become a cliche for local officials to talk about using data to drive policy and programs. No one, however, has put the idea into practice quite like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.”

Governing has annually honored state and local government officials as the Public Officials of the Year since 1994. Elected, appointed and career officials from any branch of state or local government are eligible. The magazine’s readers are invited to nominate individuals who have had a notable positive impact on their department or agency, community or state.

Governing annually receives several hundred nominations from individuals in the public and private sectors. Governing’s staff also consults experts and scholars in the field and also nominates outstanding individuals they encounter in the course of their work.

Nominations are evaluated by a committee, which selects the winners.

A dinner honoring the winners was held at the Willard InterContinental.

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