Michael Jacobson receives national Excellence in Government Leadership Award

Michael Jacobson, Deputy Director of Performance, Strategy and Budget, has been recognized by the Association of Government Accountants with their 2018 Excellence in Government Leadership Award. This nationally recognized award is given to professionals who exemplify and promote excellence in government financial management, outstanding leadership, and innovative management procedures. It recognizes the cumulative achievements of state or local government professionals who have served as a role model and consistently exhibited the highest personal and professional standards.

“This award represents cumulative career achievements, all of which were available to me due to the strong support of county leadership to pursue innovation and excellence in our organizational performance management work,” said Jacobson. “I have also been encouraged to assist other organizations, which allows us to be seen as leaders, which – in turn – brings awareness to the county and our efforts to be the Best Run Government.”

During Jacobson’s tenure at King County, he has led the development of key elements of the County’s award winning performance management system, including King County’s first countywide strategic plan, public performance reporting, Executive performance review sessions (KingStat), and employee and community surveys.

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Michael Jacobson and members of the Performance, Strategy and Budget team. Pictured from left to right: Tricia Davis, Van Badzik, Sondra McCaw, Vince Vu, Michael Jacobson, Dan Farmer, Jeannie Macnab and Abby Beatty.

Each year since 1990, the AGA has recognized individuals through its national leadership awards. AGA CEO Ann Ebberts said the honorees exemplify the role-model behavior and servant leadership that defines excellence. “We are proud to recognize the government-wide impact of their work, their focus on supporting the development of others, and most importantly, their commitment to improving mission and service delivery to citizens,” said Ebberts.

For more information about Michael Jacobson and his team’s work, visit the Performance & Strategy website.