MAYOR NUTTER OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR THE RICHARDSON DILWORTH AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE

Philadelphia, September 18, 2015– Mayor Michael A. Nutter opened the nomination period for the fifth annual Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service, as well as the Innovation in Government and Excellence in Public Service awards. The awards honor executive branch City employees for exemplary public service.

“The Richardson Dilworth Award honors the memory of Mayor Richardson Dilworth whose enduring legacy on City government still impacts Philadelphia today,” said Mayor Nutter. “Last year, we created two new awards for Innovation in Government and Excellence in Public Service. Together, all three awards celebrate the breadth and depth of experience of Philadelphia’s public sector workers. The awards are a critical component of our effort to highlight the incredible work accomplished every day and in every neighborhood by City employees.”

Joseph H. Jacovini, Chairman of the Executive Committee for Dilworth Paxson LLP, added, “The Richardson Dilworth Award is a significant and important avenue to recognize those City employees who bring exceptional talent and dedication to their work. Mayor Dilworth was an example of a true public servant and the previous winners of the awards have demonstrated, in extraordinary fashion, a common goal—to improve the lives of the citizens of the City of Philadelphia. Dilworth Paxson is proud to sponsor this award that recognizes a high level of excellence and career distinction.”

The Dilworth Award recognizes the contributions of outstanding, current, full-time, executive branch public employees whose work exemplifies excellence in public service. During the past four years, The Richardson Dilworth Award has honored the work of exceptional public sector workers who dedicated their careers to helping Philadelphia’s citizens. In addition, the Innovation in Government and Excellence in Public Service recognize those public sector employees who work tirelessly and creatively to improve the quality of life for Philadelphians. The three award categories work in partnership to ensure the many roles Philadelphia public sector employees fill are recognized. 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 http://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 13, 2015. 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.

Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, said, “Independence Blue Cross believes in honoring the talent and commitment of public sector employees who are dedicated to improving our city. We are pleased to support the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service, which highlights the incredible career accomplishments of City employees and the direct impact their work has on Philadelphia.”

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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