Markman award honors Philly government worker for integrity

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 Jim White (center) receives the 2017 Joan Markman Award for Integrity flanked by his wife, Clare Bohn, Mayor Jim Kenney and Inspector General Amy Kurland (left). (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Jim White (center) receives the 2017 Joan Markman Award for Integrity flanked by his wife, Clare Bohn, Mayor Jim Kenney and Inspector General Amy Kurland (left). (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A City of Philadelphia employee has been saluted for his integrity. 

Deputy Chief Information Officer Jim White has been given the 2017 Joan Markman Award for Integrity.  Inspector General Amy Kurland read part of the nomination letter from Charles Brennan, White’s supervisor,  in presenting White with the award.

“He is the go-to person when I have either a simple question or the potential for a serious investigation.  In the short year I have been here, Jim has actively assisted in investigations involving a number of employees that have resulted in both suspensions and dismissals.”

White said he was humbled by the award, named after the city’s first chief integrity officer who passed away in 2015.

“We all leave our mark on the world, and Joan was a force for good,” he said. “Philadelphia is a better city because of Joan. I am a better person because of Joan, and her soul is still with us.”

White also received a $1,000 prize.

The eligibility requirements for the award are as follows:

recipients must be city employees, individuals who work with the City of Philadelphia, or members of the public;
recipients must work with the Inspector General’s Office to assist with an investigation of significance to Philadelphia;
and Cabinet members and department or agency heads are not eligible to receive the award, but they are encouraged to nominate individuals for the award.

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