Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Inspector General Amy L. Kurland presided over a ceremony in City Hall this morning in which the City of Philadelphia’s 40 Integrity Officers swore an oath of office. Judge Gary Glazer of the Court of Common Pleas administered the oath.
“The City’s Integrity Officers represent our first line of defense against fraud, corruption, abuse and misconduct,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “These dedicated employees set the highest ethical standards in City government and serve as resources for their colleagues to seek guidance and support in their daily tasks as City employees.”
Each City department has a trained Integrity Officer who works closely with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Integrity Officers serve as crucial points of contact for OIG investigators and they provide invaluable research and knowledge in support of the OIG’s work. All of the Integrity Officers were hand-picked by the Inspector General based on experience and a proven track record of ethical service.
“The OIG’s success is a direct result of our strong Integrity Officer Program,” said Inspector General Kurland. “They have courageously accepted additional responsibilities in furtherance of our mission, and we greatly value their contribution.”
At the ceremony, Mayor Nutter and Inspector General Kurland presented this year’s OIG Integrity Award to Special Agent Vicki Humphreys of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. SA Humphreys worked jointly with OIG investigators on several different cases, resulting in many government fraud and corruption convictions and millions of dollars in restitution for the City.
“We cannot accomplish our mission alone – teamwork is essential to our success,” Inspector General Kurland remarked. “The OIG, all of our Integrity Officers, Administration officials, our law enforcement partners and the thousands of honest City employees must work together to give Philadelphians the government that they deserve. I want to thank Special Agent Humphreys for her exceptional efforts in making our city a more ethical place.”