Bright news for the commonwealth came this morning when it was announced that State Auditor Crit Luallen has been named a 2009 “Public Official of the Year” by Washington D.C.-based magazine Governing for her positive impact on state government. The profile focuses on Luallen’s long-standing career as well as being “Frankfort’s Fiscal Enforcer” in the auditor’s office.
“Crit Luallen … has successfully fought corruption and fiscal mismanagement, the capstone to her 35-year career as a versatile problem-solver in state government,” according to the magazine, which also commended her reputation among law enforcement and public officials nationally.
“This is truly an honor and quite a pleasant surprise. I believe in the value of public service and I have worked to build a record of integrity and competence throughout my career,” Luallen said in a press release. “But I am also fortunate to have had some wonderful people around me who contributed to any successes I have had.”
Since 1994, Governing Magazine has honored individual state and local government officials for outstanding accomplishments by naming them public officials of the Year. Recipients include elected, appointed and career officials from every branch of state or local government. The award is considered one of the nation’s preeminent honors for state and local officials.