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County CEO receives regional leadership award

Devereaux portraitCounty Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux today received a regional honor for his work with the Board of Supervisors and other county leaders on the Countywide Vision, as well as his 19 years of service as an executive with the County and the cities of Ontario and Fontana.

Mr. Devereaux became the 59th recipient of the Clarence A. Dykstra Award for Excellence in Government from the Southern California Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration during ceremonies in Los Angeles.

“My fellow Board members and I are proud of the work Greg has done to develop and achieve the Countywide Vision, which will make our county community a better place for our residents and investors,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Greg also deserves credit for working so closely and so well with the Board of Supervisors to get County Government back on the right track.”

Information on the Countywide Vision is available at

“It is very rewarding to work for a Board of Supervisors that is committed to good government and to achieving the vision the people of our county have for our community’s future,” Mr. Devereaux said.

“No one accomplishes anything alone in government,” Mr. Devereaux said. “In government, you always work as a team, and everything for which I have been given credit would not have been possible without the elected representatives, elected department heads, executive staff, line staff, and community members who have worked with me over the years.”

Mr. Devereaux has served as the County’s chief executive since early 2010. He served as city manager for Ontario from 1997 to 2010, and city manager for Fontana from 1993 to 1997.

The American Society for Public Administration, ASPA, is a 9,000-member organization of government and nonprofit administrators, scholars, educators, and students. ASPA advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration through its programs and services and fosters core public service values, including accountability and performance, professionalism, social equity, and ethics at the local, national and international levels.

The Southern California Chapter of ASPA was founded in 1948, has approximately 400 members, and is the second-largest chapter of ASPA. The Southern California Chapter’s mission statement is, “To inspire and promote leadership in the Southern California region.”

The Clarence A. Dykstra Award for Excellence in Government was first awarded in 1956 and is named for the nation’s first city manager, having held that position in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Dykstra also served as provost of UCLA from 1945 to 1950. Mr. Devereaux will join a long line of distinguished Southern California leaders who have received the award. Mr. Devereaux was nominated for the award by Phil Hawkey, executive vice president emeritus and assistant professor of Public Administration at the University of La Verne.

During the past four years, San Bernardino County has claimed nearly 150 national and state innovation awards for developing or improving services for county residents and investors. Earlier this month, the county led the nation in claiming 46 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties.

10 Responses to County CEO receives regional leadership award

  • I read the Press-Enterprise every morning and its coverage of the challenges faced by Riverside County on a regular basis. It has made me realize how well San Bernardino County is run, and how it anticipated many of the current challenges which have developed in recent years as a result of the Great Recession. Your award shows that our management has been proactive addressing these concerns. Congratulations on your award, it is well-deserved.

  • Congratulations to Greg and the County on this well-deserved honor! Greg has proven to be an excellent leader, communicator, and facilitator. He brings together the best people – and brings out the best in people. Kudos to the Board of Supervisors for selecting him to help guide the County back in 2010 – great strides have been made!

  • Greg, Congratulations!!! Just think of next after we get the AB 551 enabling ordinances passed and we are growing THOUSANDS of pounds of vegetable, fruits and fish for consumption locally. We got a strong commitment to complete the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone system from the city leaders in Riverside. We stand ready to assist you and the Supervisors to pass this in the next 30-45 days. The system will produce thousands of jobs and put Riverside County on the global map as a carbon management leader. Our greenhouse and growing systems capture levels of over 8,000 tons per acre per month. I have copy of the San Francisco City and County ordinance documents to help you speed up the process. Let’s beat LA County and City to the punch. San Bernardino and San Diego Counties should be close behind Riverside.

  • An effective combination of intelligence, wisdom, courage, hard work and concern for people. A great role model. Nice to see these qualities recognized and rewarded. Well deserved, Greg and a great honor for the County.

  • Congratulations Greg. I’m proud of you good friend.

    Sam Racadio

  • Greg is a leader who makes everyone around him invest in a better process of government that ultimately results in significant results and accomplishments that extend beyond the walls of public chambers where decisions are made. Greg understands the elements of transparency, relationship building, economic engines, team building and so much more. What this translates to is success at every level. Truly a remarkable opportunity for San Bernardino to recognize and benefit greatly from.

  • Congratulations on your award! As a former Deputy Director of Operations for CATS and Executive Director of Planning, I can relate to the demands on you and your family. Thank your for the services you provide.

    Tom Palzer
    Candidate – U.S. Senate
    Rancho Cucamonga

  • Greg:

    You are doing an excellent job for the County and are very much appreciated!

    David Baker

  • Congratulations Mr. Devereaux! I have certainly more than appreciated your input with the San Bernardino Strategic Planning Team. Thanks for all that you do.

    • What a Great Man and Leader! Thank You Mr. Deveraux! I’m so excited for our Community Cabinet in Phelan and what it is doing and will do for our Community. As well as all of San Bernardino County!

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