editing copy. Last year, Jessica was named assistant editor, so she could devote more of her time and skills to integrating editorial with design. It's a complex job, but one that Jessica does extremely well.

Karen Stewartson has taken over as managing editor and is quiet but tenacious in managing the many articles as they wind their way through the various stages of editing, making sure we stick to our deadlines. Making sure our copy is clean and accurate is Miriam Jones, a long-time editor at e.Republic. She is also in charge of handling the conversion of our print editions when they move on to the Web so the stories are accessible online.

Our highly talented design team is led by Kelly Martinelli, creative director.  Her illustrators and designers include Tom McKeith, Michelle Hamm and Crystal Hopson. Their ability to create original art and illustrations that help convey arcane subjects, such as SOA, ERP, CRM and ITIL, is amazing. ASBPE thought so too. They awarded the design team with a separate achievement award for the excellence of their work in designing and illustrating Public CIO.

Other people who provide invaluable editorial support include veteran editor Shane Peterson and writers Jim McKay, Andy Opsahl and Chad Vander Veen. While their full-time job is writing and editing for Government Technology, they also lend their time to making Public CIO a great publication.

Paul Taylor, the Center for Digital Government's chief strategy officer, has been contributing a regular column to the magazine from the first issue, giving readers his delightful mix of insight and wit in his well received commentaries.

In addition, we have been fortunate to have working for us several fabulous freelance journalists who contribute their talents to Public CIO on a regular basis: David Raths, Merrill Douglas and Chandler Harris.

The achievements of this hardworking team of writers, editors and designers have gone unmentioned for too long. Without their dedication and hard work, Public CIO would not have achieved this level of excellence. Most satisfying is the fact they have been recognized by their peers: the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

A job well done. Congratulations to all.

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.