Howle was among eight people recognized as Public Officials of the Year by the magazine.
In a news release, Governing praised Howle for her "tireless efforts to cut wasteful spending and failing programs and to make government run better."
Award winners are picked from nominations by readers, experts in the public
and private sectors and Governing's editors for their "leadership, courage, innovation, creativity and good management," the press release says.
PHOTO CREDIT: State Auditor Elaine Howle, left, presents her findings on the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee at the California State Capitol. May 10, 2011. Autumn Payne, Sacramento Bee file