Laura Cassidy accepting her Dilworth Award with Mayor Kenney and Prisons Commissioner Blanche Carney
Laura Cassidy accepting her Dilworth Award with Mayor Kenney and Prisons Commissioner Blanche Carney

"The three Dilworth Award Winners this year share one important thing in common: their service to the City of Philadelphia, and to its residents, directly improves the quality of life in our communities. The impact of their work is far-reaching, and can be felt in neighborhoods across the City."

Mayor Jim Kenney, on the 2016 Dilworth Awardees

The Richardson Dilworth Award, established in 2011, recognizes City of Philadelphia employees whose work performance embodies excellence in public service. The award is named after former Mayor Richardson Dilworth, the 91st Mayor of Philadelphia (from 1956-1962). Mayor Dilworth epitomized the highest values and performance that we seek to honor in today’s public servants through this prestigious award. He tirelessly worked to reform city government and instill the highest level of integrity and a strong sense of responsibility as a steward of the public trust and taxpayers’ hard earned dollars.

In 2015, the award program was expanded to three categories in an effort to increase the City’s ability to recognize the great work of its public employees.

To date, nine exemplary public servants have received the Award:

2016

Joseph Sullivan, Chief Inspector of the Homeland Security Bureau for the Philadelphia Police Department

Laura Cassidy, Sustainability Manager for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons

Joanne Dahme, General Manager of Public Affairs for the Philadelphia Water Department

2015

Barbara McCabe, Director of Stewardship, Department of Parks and Recreation

Joe Murray, Detective, Philadelphia Police Department

Ann Hornbach, Library Supervisor, Free Library of Philadelphia

2014

Barbara Ash, Chief Deputy City Solicitor, Law Department

2013

John Elfrey, Director of Operations, Office of Transportation & Utilities

2012

Carlton Williams, Deputy Commissioner, Streets Department