Daniel W. Cantu-Hertzler, Chair of the Law Department’s Corporate and Tax Group, selected for his outstanding commitment to public service and work with the Office of the Inspector General.
Philadelphia, December 9, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Daniel W. Cantu-Hertzler, Esq. is the recipient of the Inspector General’s Joan Markman Award for Integrity, which recognizes a City employee who demonstrates a strong commitment to integrity, diligence and transparency on behalf of the City of Philadelphia and works with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to assist in an investigation of significance to the City. 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.
“Daniel Cantu-Hertzler is a consummate professional who does his job with integrity and honesty. From his work in the Law Department to his work with the Office of the Inspector General, Daniel has been a dedicated public servant, working tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Philadelphia. There are few City employees as deserving of this award as Daniel,” said Mayor Nutter. “Integrity and ethical government have been an important foundation for my Administration. It is my honor to recognize Daniel for his commitment to upholding the public’s trust with the Joan Markman Award for Integrity.”
Daniel Cantu-Hertzler has worked for the City of Philadelphia for 16 years, serving as the Chair of the Corporate and Tax group in the Law Department for the last 13 years. In this role, he is responsible for all commercial, transactional, regulatory and tax matters.
Additionally, Cantu-Hertzler had brokered landmark, multi-million dollar settlement agreements with companies that have violated the City’s anti-discrimination policies working in collaboration with the Office of the Inspector General. He has also worked with the OIG’s Contract Compliance Unit to bring companies into compliance with City contracting rules and regulations through comprehensive corporate integrity agreements.
Recently, Cantu-Herzler played an instrumental role in the development of a memorandum of understanding between the School District of Philadelphia and OIG that allows the School District to strengthen its Office of Inspector General under the direction of Inspector General Kurland.
“I am honored and humbled to have my name associated with that of Joan Markman,” said Cantu-Hertzler. “The leadership of Joan and her successors, and that of the Inspector General’s office, continues to make the City a better place.”
Cantu-Hertzler was selected as the inaugural winner of the Joan Markman Award for Integrity by Inspect General Amy Kurland and her leadership team.
“Dan Cantu-Hertzler is truly an exemplary City employee,” said Inspector General Kurland. “He has played a huge role in the development and the success of our contract compliance unit, and we are grateful for his contributions. Dan is competent, effective and ethical in everything he does. He is among the very best of our public servants.”
Cantu-Hertzler received a $1,000 award prize, two free tickets to the Mayor’s Box for an upcoming event, a certificate in recognition of his achievement and a photograph memorializing the recognition.
Daniel Cantu-Hertzler graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1986. After graduation, he served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for two years. Prior to joining the City in 1999, Cantu-Hertzler practiced law at large and small firms in Philadelphia for 11 years.
About the Inspector General
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