Timothy L. Firestine, Montgomery County’s Chief Administrative Officer, will receive the 2013 Visionary Leadership Award next week, a prize that recognizes top government officials for their outstanding contributions to metropolitan Washington and their home jurisdictions.
The award is sponsored by the Institute for Regional Excellence (IRE) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG.) The Institute, in cooperation with George Washington University, also offers a graduate – level Certified Public Manager training program. Mr. Firestine will be honored at the IRE graduation ceremony October 25.
“Tim Firestine has been a tireless advocate for regional cooperation and collaboration on many fronts,” said Chuck Bean, the Council’s executive director. “Many of this region’s achievements were realized because of Tim’s experience and dedication.”
“Tim Firestine was my very first appointment when I was elected County Executive in 2006 and it was easily my best,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “Tim’s leadership, integrity, and broad knowledge were incredibly important to me as we put Montgomery County’s fiscal house in order, successfully weathered the challenges of the Great Recession, and laid a solid framework for the County’s future.”
Bruce Williams, chairman of the IRE Advisory Board, and mayor of Takoma Park, said Mr. Firestine’s principal achievements included helping to establish the recent Blue Plains Intermunicipal Agreement of 2012, and helping to manage regional wastewater facilities. He also was credited with making major improvements in efficiency and effectiveness within Montgomery County, and developing programs to encourage innovation and improve customer service.
Mr. Firestine was also praised for his leadership at the national level. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions on matters of critical importance to local governments, specifically in the areas of finance, taxation and municipal debt, and has provided guidance to legislators on the impact of the nation’s fiscal crisis and on regulatory matters. He’s currently the president of the national Government Finance Officers Association and has also served as president of the Maryland Government Finance Officers Association.
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