Dilworth awards go to Philadelphia police, prisons and water department employees

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Employees who work in homeland security, prisons and the water department have won recognition  as the city of Philadelphia’s best. 

The Richardson Dilworth Award winners include Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan, who oversees homeland security for the police department, and was honored for distinguished public service.

“I’m sincerely grateful and feeling humility beyond belief, and a certain degree of embarrassment,” he said Tuesday. “I have the greatest job in the police department, probably the greatest job in policing.”

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Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan of the Philadelphia Police Homeland Security Bureau (center), flanked by Police Commissioner Richard Ross (left) and Mayor Jim Kenney, receives the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The award for innovation went to Laura Cassidy, sustainability manager for the department of prisons.

“Originally I was given the task of bringing single-stream recycling to the prisons,” she said. “When I first came up there, we were doing zero recycling. Now we are doing 300 tons a year of recycling.”

Joanne Dahme, public affairs manager at the city’s water department, received honors for outstanding customer service.

“I just always felt it was a real privilege to work in public service because it’s the only place you can make an impact on people’s lives on a daily basis,” she said.

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