48 County Programs Win National Recognition

The National Association of Counties honored San Diego County with 48 Achievement Awards, which recognize innovative, efficient County programs.

Among those, three were singled out as Best in Category: a first responder safety guide detailing the extreme hazards of illicit butane honey oil laboratories and the conditions that lead up to explosive results; San Diego County-drafted legislation to establish a state health and safety code that allows commercial fishermen to sell directly to consumers at a weekly Fishermen Market; and a County-designed secure smartphone app that gives Probation Officers access to its offender database and case management system in the field.

“We are pleased to be recognized so highly among our county government peers” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts. “These awards help affirm the ongoing efforts by County departments to improve services to the public and our region as a whole. Congratulations go out to our entire team.”

San Diego’s 48 awards were the most given to any county in California and were awarded in various categories that included Health, Financial Management, Human Services, Community/Economic Development, Information Technology, and Emergency Management and Response.

The winning programs were:

Civic Education and Public Information

  • Don’t Get Hooked Campaign
  • Taking Community Outreach to the Next Level in Housing and Community Development

Community/Economic Development

  • The Fishermen Market and Pacific to Plate
  • CIVICS Program
  • Live Well San Diego Food System Group

County Administration Management

  • Policy Tech Implementation
  • Stormwater Compliance Program for Private Development Projects
  • Water Quality Equivalency Guidance Document

County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy & Sustainability

  • Drought Response Action Plan

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

  • California Identification Cards for County Jail Inmates
  • Court Referral Tracking Module: Justice Electronic Library System
  • Proposition 47 Implementation

Emergency Management and Response

  • Butane Honey Oil Lab Safety Guide for Emergency First Responders
  • Disaster Preparedness Curriculum
  • First Responder Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Training Video Series
  • San Diego Multiple Agency Public Safety (SanMAPS)

Employment and Training

  • Assessment Center
  • Diversity Outreach

Financial Management

  • E-Check vs. Online Banking Payment Video
  • MarketWatch Report
  • Property Tax Bill Library Program


  • Binational Love Your Heart
  • One-On Health Coaching
  • Senior SNAP-Ed: Policy, Systems and Environmental Changes Improve Nutrition

Human Services

  • Access Brings Innovation and Enhancements to its Call Center
  • Child Support Services Reaches Out to Special Populations, Helps Hundreds
  • Intel & Recon for Military & Veterans Program
  • Pathways to Well-Being
  • Promoting Independence & Choice Program
  • San Diego Veterans Independence Services at Any Age (SD-VISA)

Information Technology

  • Improving Probation Officer Effectiveness with Mobile Applications
  • Mobile Inspection eForms
  • Online Air Quality Grant Applications
  • Online Testing Notification
  • Paperless Open Enrollment
  • Real-Time Mapping of Invasive Pests
  • Text and Auto Call Reminders for Eligibility Customers


  • Dare to Dream Workshop Series

Personnel Management, Employee Training and Benefits

  • Benefit Ambassadors for Open Enrollment
  • Deferred Compensation Millennial Focus Groups
  • LGBT Department Training
  • Priority Transfer Program
  • Project Management Workshop
  • Recruitment Surveys
  • Spotlight on Speaking
  • Work Safe, Stay Healthy Training Tracks


  • Deployment of an Application to Capture Collective Impact

Risk Management

  • Employee Safety & Threat Assessment Program
Yvette Urrea Moe is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact