In its November issue, Governing magazine has named King County Executive Ron Sims as one of its nine top public officials in the entire country, a list that includes Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. Weekly contributing photographer Rick Dahms snapped the photo of smiley Sims, about whom the magazine offers the following excerpt:
But it's his personal style that really helps cinch deals, according to [King County Councilmember Larry] Phillips and others who have partnered with Sims. "He's a guy with good ideas, he's not afraid to lead, and he's a forceful speaker," Phillips notes. "Put those together, and you've got a pretty good combination." Denis Hayes, president of the Seattle-based, pro-environment Bullitt Foundation and the founder of Earth Day, adds, "The flip answer is that his default facial expression is a smile. The serious answer is that he's always looking for common ground, and he operates from a clear set of guiding principles. And if he doesn't make it to the goal line today, he'll come back and work toward it another day."