TAMPA – Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio received this year's Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award on Wednesday.
Since 1996, the Hillsborough County Commission has given the award to honor a group or person who has played a significant role in improving government through leadership and vision.
A two-term mayor who left office in 2011, Iorio bolstered the city's reserve fund, invested in new water, sewer and storm drain pipes, and expanded the Riverwalk. She also opened the Tampa Bay History Center, the new Tampa Museum of Art, the Glazer Children's Museum and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Major crimes dropped 61.5 percent during her tenure.
Past recipients of the award include University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft; Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank; the late Nettie M. Draughon, Plant City's longtime city manager; the late Sam Gibbons, who represented Tampa in Congress for 34 years; former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco; former Hillsborough County Sheriff Cal Henderson; state Sen. Tom Lee; former state legislator H. Lee Moffitt; and former Supervisor of Elections Earl J. Lennard.