Each year the National Association of Counties, commonly known as NACo, offers counties across America the opportunity to share their most innovative and prestigious programs. The County of Los Angeles has been a constant participant, and, this year, LA County departments put forward 56 submissions across all competitive categories. Of the 56 entries, NACo recognized a record-breaking 46 Los Angeles County programs, including two ‘Best in Category’ awards!

The first ‘Best in Category’ recipient was in the category of County Administration and Management; the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services was recognized for the ‘Child Abuse Reporting Electronic System’ (CARES). The new CARES system allows mandated reporters and DCFS employees the ability to file non-urgent reports on its new web-based system. This innovative electronic database not only reduces call volumes and wait time for mandated reporters but gives the department the ability to efficiently prioritize calls in order.

The other ‘Best in Category’ winner was in the Planning Category. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation was recognized for the ‘Puente Hills Landfill Park Master Plan.’ The plan is transforming what was once the nation’s largest municipal dump into a massive 142-acre park located in Hacienda Heights that will serve as a recreational haven for families in the region. Puente Hills Landfill Park Master Plan features biking and hiking trails, a zip line, a gondola ride, an outdoor performance area, a dog park, multiple picnic areas, and nature programs for the entire family. The ground-breaking for Phase 1 took place last year, and the project is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Programs from the following 22 County departments earned at least one special distinction this year: The Department of Animal Care and Control, The Office of the Assessor, The Chief Executive Office, The Department of Children and Family Services, The Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, The Office of the District Attorney, The Los Angeles County Fire Department, The Department of Health Services, The Department of Human Resources, The Internal Services Department, The Los Angeles County Development Authority, The Los Angeles County Library, The Department of Mental Health, The Department of Parks and Recreation, The Probation Department, The Office of the Public Defender, The Department of Public Health, The Department of Public Social Services, The Department of Public Works, The Department of Regional Planning, The Registrar-Recorder / County Clerk, and The Department of Workforce, Aging, and Community Services.

Congratulations to all of LA County’s award-winning departments! Their innovation, hard work and commitment to our constituents keep the County of Los Angeles on the leading edge of public service!

For the full list of award winners click here.