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Kristen Cox, executive director of the Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget, was to be honored Wednesday by Governing magazine as one of eight 2016 public officials of the year.

The award, presented at a ceremony in the nation's capital, recognizes the top public servants in local and state government, selected from among hundreds of nominees.

"Utah is extremely fortunate to have Kristen Cox working for all of us," Gov. Gary Herbert said in a prepared statement. "Every decision she makes is focused on delivering the best possible result for the taxpayer, both fiscally and in terms of providing the highest quality service. She is a tremendous public servant and I can't think of anyone who is more deserving of this honor."