Government Technology's Public CIO received a special honor in the world of magazines -- in June, the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) chose Public CIO as one of this year's top 10 U.S. business, trade and association magazines with a circulation less than 80,000 (ours is 25,000).

With more than 2,600 entries, this particular awards program is considered extremely competitive in the magazine business. For a quarterly journal published for barely two years, achieving such a high ranking is considered quite an honor.

This gives me a golden opportunity to acknowledge some extremely hard working people who are the reason we ranked so highly against some very competitive magazines. Like any highly regarded IT project, the writing, editing and design of Public CIO is a team effort, and like any team effort, the reason for success starts at the very top.

Dennis McKenna, founder and CEO of e.Republic Inc., the parent company that publishes Public CIO, had the foresight to launch a magazine that fits the unique interests of public-sector CIOs. His vision has guided this magazine from the very start.

Steve Towns, my colleague and editor of Government Technology, has provided me with invaluable advice and guidance since I stepped up to the helm of Public CIO in 2003. Shane Peterson has contributed excellent feature articles, while simultaneously holding down his regular job as associate editor for Government Technology.

Speaking of multi-tasking, Jessica Jones, managing editor for both magazines, does an incredible job handling all the details once writers submit their stories. She is literally the glue that holds everything together. The same can be said for Emily Montandon, our unflappable former copy editor who was just promoted within the company. Her skills at catching errors, smoothing prose and checking facts made her the ultimate utility player. The same is true for Miriam Jones, Government Technology's products editor who doubles as a copy editor as well.

One challenge in publishing a magazine about IT in the public sector is creating art and design to convey the meaning of often cerebral topics. Yet Creative Director Gerardo Perez and his team of photographers and graphic artists, including Kelly Martinelli, Tom McKeith and Crystal Hopson, are always up to the challenge. Their creations and designs for each article help us tell often complex stories in fresh and captivating ways.

Public CIO also relies on talented contributing writers -- Paul Taylor from the Center for Digital Government and Blake Harris, contributing editor for Government Technology, are both intellectually sharp, consummate professionals who take complex issues and explain them in finely crafted manners. We are also blessed to have the writing services of Keith Comstock, William Eggers and Merrill Douglas, and too many guest contributors to name individually, but all experts in their fields and generous in donating stories for us.

This year, Public CIO made the top 10 list from ASBPE. Our goal is number one. More importantly, we plan to continue publishing articles that help public-sector CIOs lead and manage in a world where change is constant. I think you'll agree that we have the right team to get the job done.

Tod Newcombe  |  Senior Editor

With more than 20 years of experience covering state and local government, Tod previously was the editor of Public CIO, e.Republic’s award-winning publication for information technology executives in the public sector. He is now a senior editor for Government Technology and a columnist at Governing magazine.