Stay tuned for the opening of the 2017 Richardson Dilworth Award nomination period!


About the Award

The Dilworth Awards were established in 2011 by former Mayor Michael A. Nutter to recognize annually the contributions of outstanding public employees for the city of Philadelphia. Showcasing excellence in Customer Service, Innovation, and Public Service, the Dilworth Awards continue to highlight these achievements from our city's employees. If you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding commitment and professionalism as a Philadelphian public employee, please nominate them for this award.

Nomination

Please note, once you begin completing the nomination form you will not be able to save your work and continue completing the form at a later time.  It is recommended you review the nomination form prior to completing it.

Eligibility

  • Each nominee must be a current full-time executive branch employee of the City of Philadelphia government.

  • At the date of nomination, each nominee must have at least three years of continuous employment with the City of Philadelphia, be an employee in good standing with a good attendance record, have no recent negative performance evaluations from supervisors, and have not received a disciplinary violation in the last three years.

  • Cabinet members, department or agency heads, employees serving under independently elected officials, volunteers, and temporary and contract workers are not eligible for nomination.

Award

The winner of the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service will receive:

  • A $5,000 cash prize

  • Their name will be memorialized on a plaque in City Hall

  • The winner, their family and their nominators will be invited to an honorary luncheon in recognition of their achievement

The winner of the Richardson Dilworth Award for Innovation in Government will receive:

  • A $1,000 cash prize

  • The winner, their family and their nominators will be invited to an honorary luncheon in recognition of their achievement

The winner of the Richardon Dilworth Award for Excellence in Customer Service will receive:

  • A $1,000 cash prize

  • The winner, their family and their nominators will be invited to an honorary luncheon in recognition of their achievement

Selection Criteria

Nominations are reviewed and a winner is selected based on examples of excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • Solved an extraordinary problem or has achieved a significantly difficult goal;

  • Performed an outstanding act that brought positive recognition to the City;

  • Successfully initiated and implemented an innovative idea that brought about dramatic results;

  • Consistently achieved excellence in overall job performance that is above and beyond the call of duty;

  • Demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership that dramatically improved employee morale and team spirit;

  • Provided extraordinary service delivered with ingenuity, energy and compassion;

  • Regularly exhibited commitment beyond the call of duty;

  • Presented outstanding and reliable performance, both under the pressures of daily routine and in times of crisis;

  • Displayed dedication to upholding public interest amidst competing interests, pressures and demands.

The Mayor's Executive Order

Mayor Nutter signed the executive order creating the award on November 17, 2011. Click here to read the executive order.

Past Winners

2015 Winners:

  • Barbara McCabe, Director of Stewardship, Department of Parks and Recreation, Winner of the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service
  • Joe Murray, Detective, Philadelphia Police Department, Winner of the Richardson Dilworth Award for Innovation Government
  • Ann Hornbach, Library Supervisor, Free Library of Philadelphia, Winner of the Richardson Dilworth Award for Excellence in Customer Service 


2014 Winner:

  • Barbara Ash, Chief Deputy City Solicitor, Law Department, Winner of the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service

2013 Winner:
  • John Elfrey, Director of Operations, Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities, Winner of the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service

2012 Winner:
  • Carlton Williams, Commissioner of the Department of Licenses & Inspections, Winner of the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service



 

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