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PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey’s Office today recognized State Land Commissioner Lisa A. Atkins and four other leaders of Arizona state agencies who have won national or state awards in recent months that highlighted “their efforts in making Arizona a better state.”
“Arizona’s state government officials work hard to keep our state safe, provide quality services, and enhance the lives of all Arizona citizens,” said a Policy Primer published on the Governor’s website. “The vision and leadership of Arizona’s state agencies have led to real results for our state, and several local and national organizations have taken notice.”
Commissioner Atkins received the Phoenix Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award in an April 12 ceremony honoring the newspaper’s 2018 Outstanding Women in Business. The Business Journal paid tribute to Commissioner Atkins’ more than 40 years in public service at the federal and state levels.
"I’m grateful to Governor Ducey for recognizing my four colleagues for their outstanding service to Arizona, and humbled to be included among them in that acknowledgement,” Commissioner Atkins said. “The Governor has often said that Arizona is the best place in the nation to work, play, recreate, retire, visit, do business and get an education. I’m excited to be part of a team that has the honor to work every day to put the Governor’s words into action.”
Also recognized today by the Governor:
Greg McKay, director of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, who received the Excellence for Children Award from Casey Family Programs and the Justice for All Award from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. The Casey Family Programs honor “acknowledged Director McKay’s leadership in eliminating the department’s 16,000 caseload backlog and reducing the average caseload for child safety workers,” said the Governor’s Office, which added that the County Attorney’s Office honored Director McKay for his “life-long dedication to child welfare.”
Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, and Tom Betlach, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, who were named to Phoenix magazine’s Healthcare Power List, tying for No. 10 in recognition of the “key role both directors play in combating Arizona’s opioid epidemic,” according to the Governor’s Office.
Sue Black, director of Arizona State Parks & Trails, received a national gold medal from the National Recreation and Park Association recognizing the Arizona Parks Department as the nation’s best-managed state parks system. “The award pays tribute to state arks systems that have shown excellence in resource management, fiscally sound business practices, and long-term planning,” the Governor’s Office said.
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