Congratulations to the 2015 Richardson Dilworth Award Recipients!
The Dilworth Awards recognize the contributions of outstanding city employees whose work performance embodies excellence in public service.
Winner of The Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service
Director of Stewardship
Department of Parks and Recreation
As Director of Stewardship, Barbara has had a distinguished career working with park volunteers to inspire civic engagement and help to keep our parks and recreation facilities beautiful. She is responsible for volunteer engagement within the Department of Parks and Recreation and manages roughly 80 volunteer park friend groups. Barbara provides support for these groups throughout the city to organize cleanup events and beautification projects, restoration services, resource management, and advocacy. Her work enables volunteers to donate over 200,000 hours of their time to make Philadelphia's parks cleaner, greener, and more vibrant public spaces.
Winner of The Richardson Dilworth Award for Innovation in Government
Philadelphia Police Department
Detective Joe Murray is well known for his use of social media through his twitter account @PPDJoeMurray. Using twitter as a means of collaboration and information sharing with Philadelphia residents, he has created an avenue for the Philadelphia Police Department to better communicate with the citizens it serves. Det. Murray provides real-time crime information to the residents of University City, which has not only helped to close investigations, but has also built a relationship that allows the police and the public to work together in identifying areas of concern, deploy into areas when necessary, and led to the arrest and convictions of individuals responsible for crime.
Winner of The Richardson Dilworth Award for Excellence in Customer Service
Free Library of Philadelphia
Ann Hornbach is a children's librarian and manager of the Torresdale Neighborhood Library. She is known throughout the Free Library system for her service to children with autism and other physical and mental disabilities. Ann has developed educational programming for a variety of teaching methods that accommodate different learning styles to each student’s chance of success. She tirelessly promotes LEAP to local schools, teaches computer basics to senior citizens, recruits teen volunteers, helps with homework, provides services to job seekers, and develops relationships with community partners. Her dedication to the children and families of her community helps to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
||"Philadelphia's city government employees make important contributions to our city every day. I've created this award to honor those outstanding public employees whose commitment and professionalism demonstrate the best in public service."
Mayor Michael A. Nutter
||"I am honored to co-chair the esteemed selection panel for the Richardson Dilworth award. Richardson Dilworth was a fearless leader of Philadelphia who believed in and advocated for real opportunities for public employees. The recipient of this award in his name exemplifies this great tradition."
Joseph Jacovini, Dilworth Paxson LLP