Friday, December 9, 2011 The CSAC Bulletin
CSAC Honors Individuals for Their Commitment and Dedication to Counties
CSAC was privileged to honor a number of individuals during last week’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The 2011 President’s Award was presented to Governor Jerry Brown for his leadership and commitment to partnering with counties on many challenging issues this year. The 2011 Distinguished Service Award was given to retired Senate staff member Peter Detwiler, who has long been known and respected as the legislative expert on many local government issues, particularly including land use and redevelopment.

CSAC also presented a number of Circle of Service Awards to individuals who went above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the Association and California counties during the year. Receiving awards were: Nancy McFadden, Executive Secretary for Legislation, Appointments and Policy, Office of Governor Brown; State Director of Finance Ana Matosantos; Diane Cummins, Special Advisor to Governor Brown; David Finigan, Del Norte County Supervisor and CSAC’s 2011 Second Vice President; Larry Combs, Merced County Executive Officer; Susan Mauriello, Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer; Rick Robinson, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Officer; Mike Johnson, Retired Solano County Administrator; Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, who serves as President of the California State Sheriffs’ Association; Fresno County Chief Probation Officer Linda Penner, who serves as President of the Chief Probation Officers of California; Pat Leary, former Yolo County Assistant County Administrator; Donna Vaillancourt, San Mateo County Director of Human Resources; and Bryan Barr, Representative for Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and 2011 CSAC Corporate Associates President.

The following CSAC Legislative Staff members were also recognized for their extensive work during the year: Deputy Director Jim Wiltshire; Legislative Representative for Government Finance and Operations Jean Hurst, Legislative Representative for Administration of Justice Elizabeth Howard Espinosa, Legislative Representative for Health and Human Services Kelly Brooks, Senior Legislative Representative for Housing, Land Use and Transportation DeAnn Baker, Senior Legislative Representative for Agriculture and Natural Resources Karen Keene, Legislative Representative for Employee Relations and Human Resources Eraina Ortega, and Senior Legislative Analysts Kiana Buss, Faith Conley, Cara Martinson, Rosie McCool, Farrah McDaid Ting, Geoffrey Neill.

CSAC congratulates all these individuals for their ongoing commitment and dedication.