(Santa Ana, CA) – Eleven County of Orange programs were selected to receive a 2010 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties (NACo). The annual Achievement Award Program recognizes the creative spirit of county government programs. The eleven Orange County programs to receive the distinction are:
County Community Service Center - A multi-agency office bringing together major social service agencies in the county and acting as an integrated and responsive service delivery system.
Multi-County Electronic Recording Delivery System – A joint venture with Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside Counties to revolutionize electronic recording of property documents via a single portal allowing the real estate industry to record property documents in multiple counties from a single point of origin.
Habitat Improvement Program – Youths from a nearby detention center help recovery efforts at a wilderness park badly damaged by the Santiago wildfire in 2007.
READ Jr. – A family literacy program in which volunteer tutors work with parents and children to help break the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy.
Police Community Reconciliation Program – The program resolves police complaints, avoiding the high cost of Internal Affairs investigations and facilitating relations among complainants and law enforcement.
Business Watch Program – The anti-terrorism effort educates citizens on the current threat of terrorism, as well as developing an active awareness of suspicious activity.
Airport Professional Services Responders – Assists, expands and enhances the services provided by the Sheriff’s Department to all patrons of John Wayne Airport.
Performance Excellence in Operations & Management – Through its audit findings and recommendations, the office provides policymakers with analyses to make sound business decisions while ensuring transparency and accountability.
Integrated Case Management System – The program unifies the handling of common cases by the Probation Department and Superior Court, which reduces crime with a coordinated management of offenders.
Corporate Sponsorship Program – Provides businesses the opportunity to strengthen their ties to the community while providing election poll workers, locations for polling places, and assistance in exposing the critical need for volunteers on Election Day.
Online Voter Information Program – Extensive additions to the department’s website, including video blogs, pod casts, newsfeeds, RSS, newsletters, live streaming video, and live election night results have changed the way the office communicates with the public.
“In spite of the difficult challenges this tough economy has presented us with, County departments and agencies have sought creative and more efficient ways to do business,” said Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “This type of innovation is what keeps Orange County moving forward.”