Mayor Nutter Opens Nominations For The Richardson Dilworth Award For Distinguished Public Service

Unveils two new categories honoring Customer Service and Innovation in Government.

Nominations due November 14, 2014.

Philadelphia, September 15, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter opened the nomination period for the fourth annual Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service. The Richardson Dilworth Award honors distinguished City employees for exemplary public service by public employees in the executive branch. In addition, two new award categories were announced to enhance the employee award program. The new awards are “Innovation in Government” and “Excellence in Public Service”. The new awards will be presented to City employees in the executive branch who have performed an exemplary act with lasting impact.

“With the opening of the newly renovated Dilworth Plaza, the gateway to City Hall, many Philadelphians have been reminded of the tremendous legacy Mayor Richardson Dilworth bestowed on our city through his commitment to inspired city planning and ethical government,” said Mayor Nutter. “This year, with two additional awards honoring customer service and innovation in government, we will recognize even more City employees whose work, above and beyond the call of duty, has made Philadelphia a better city.”

The Dilworth Award recognizes the contributions of outstanding, current, full-time, executive branch public employees whose work exemplifies excellence in public service. Over the past three years, The Richardson Dilworth Award has provided the city with an opportunity to commend the incredible work performed by its thousands of employees every day. This has resulted in three exemplary award winners—Barbara Ash, John Elfrey, and Carlton Williams—who have devoted their lives to public service and enacted lasting change in our city.

“Over the past three years, the Dilworth Award has honored distinguished City employees who would excel in the private sector, but have made the decision to offer their talents to serving Philadelphia’s public,” said Joseph H. Jacovini, Dilworth Paxson LLP. “The newly opened Dilworth Plaza is a stunning reminder of the commitment Mayor Dilworth had to his city just as Philadelphia’s excellent civil service system is a tribute to his reforms and ongoing dedication to City employees.”

Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, added, “Independence Blue Cross is a dedicated partner with Dilworth Paxson and the City of Philadelphia in honoring excellence by our City employees. The legacy of Richardson Dilworth’s leadership is strong in Philadelphia through this award and the newly renovated Dilworth Park, and we look forward to recognizing those City employees who embody his commitment to smart and ethical government.

The two new award categories aim to encourage the nomination of employees who have performed an exemplary act in the areas of customer service and innovation. It is the City’s hope to garner a greater pool of nominations and recognize the full depth and breadth of our city’s public servants. The award categories are:

  • Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service ($5,000)
  • Richardson Dilworth Award for Excellence in Customer Service ($1,000)
  • Richardson Dilworth Award for Innovation in Government ($1,000)

Anyone may submit a nomination for the award. Nomination forms are available online at www.dilworthaward.org. Paper nomination forms are available at the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, Room 708, City Hall. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, November 14th, 2014. Cabinet Members and Department or Agency Heads are not eligible for nomination. Nominated employees must have served for three consecutive years and have no recent disciplinary violations.

The Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service is generously supported by Dilworth Paxson LLP and Independence Blue Cross.

The winners of the Award will be chosen by a selection committee comprising representatives from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors and communities across the City. The Selection Panel is co-chaired by Joseph H. Jacovini, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Dilworth Paxson LLP, and Daniel Hilferty, president and CEO, Independence Blue Cross.

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