Philadelphia, September 15, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the nomination period for the Inspector General’s Joan Markman Award for Integrity, recognizing an individual who demonstrates a strong commitment to integrity, diligence and transparency on behalf of the City of Philadelphia, is now open.  The award, previously named the Inspector General Integrity Award, honors the memory of Joan Markman, the City’s first Chief Integrity Officer who passed away January 15, 2015.

“Joan Markman was an exemplary public servant and I was honored to have her serve as the City of Philadelphia’s first Chief Integrity Officer.  She embodied the qualities of this award and displayed them every day in work and life – integrity, honesty, diligence and transparency.  It is fitting that the Inspector General’s Integrity Award be renamed in Joan’s honor,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Integrity and ethical government have been an important foundation for my Administration.  I look forward to recognizing the winner’s commitment to upholding the public’s trust later this year.”

The eligibility requirements for the Award are as follows:

  • Recipients must be City employees, individuals who work with the City of Philadelphia, or members of the public; and
  • Recipients must work with the Inspector General’s Office to assist with an investigation of significance to Philadelphia.
  • Cabinet members and Department or Agency Heads are not eligible to receive the award; but they are encouraged to nominate individuals for the award.

“The Inspector General’s Joan Markman Award for Integrity recognizes individuals who work with the Inspector General’s Office to provide meaningful assistance in an investigation of significance to the City of Philadelphia. We are proud to honor Joan and her commitment to the City of Philadelphia through this award,” said Inspector General Amy Kurland.

Nominations will be accepted until October 16, 2015.  Nominations must include an essay describing the nominee’s work with the Inspector General’s Office, commitment to going above and beyond the call of duty, and support of the Inspector General’s mission of upholding the public trust with the highest standards of ethics and integrity by rooting out fraud, corruption or misconduct. [See attached nomination instructions.] Nominations should be submitted to Coleen Yenoli, Chief Administrative Officer, Office of the Inspector General at coleen.yenoli@phila.govor 601 Walnut St., Suite 300E, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

The nominations will be reviewed by Inspector General Kurland and her leadership team.  They will select the winner, who will be announced in December 2015.

The award winner will receive a $1,000 award prize and be recognized by the Mayor in a ceremony in City Hall in December 2015. The award winner will also receive two free tickets to the Mayor’s Box for an upcoming event, a certificate in recognition of his or her achievement and a photograph memorializing the recognition.


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