Richardson Dilworth Award seeks worthy civil servant nominees

Know a hardworking civil servant? Nominate them!
Know a hardworking civil servant? Nominate them!

The city is now accepting nominations for the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service.

The award, named after the former mayor who served from 1956-1962, “recognizes the contributions of an outstanding current, full-time, executive branch public employee whose work exemplifies excellence in public service,” according to a news release.

This will be the third year the award is presented.

The 2012 Dilworth Award recipient was Carlton Williams, who was a streets department deputy commissioner at the time and is now the commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

“The Richardson Dilworth Award is an opportunity for the community to recognize the integrity, professionalism and dedication to excellence of the public servants who work tirelessly on behalf of our great City every day. The nominees for the Dilworth Award are representatives of the many public employees who live in, work for and love Philadelphia,” Mayor Michael Nutter said in a statement. “I want to encourage citizens and City employees to nominate public servants who go above and beyond their job description to provide exemplary service to our citizens.” Any resident may submit a nomination, which will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 15. Nominated employees must have served for three consecutive years and have no recent disciplinary violations, according to the city.

Nomination forms are available online. Paper nomination forms are available at the Fund for Philadelphia Office, room 708 of City Hall. The winner will be announced in 2014.

The 2013 recipient will receive a $5,000 cash prize, four tickets to sit in the Mayor’s box at event of his or her choice, an engraved plaque that will be on display in City Hall and an honorary luncheon for the winner, his or her family, and nominators.

The winner will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of 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 Dilworth Paxson LLP, and Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross.

The 2013 Dilworth Award winner was John Elfrey, director of operations in the office of transportation and utilities.

Cabinet members, department or agency heads are not eligible for nomination.


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