Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Markman to depart Nutter administration

Joan Markman, the city’s first ever Chief Integrity Officer, is hanging up her hat.

Markman to depart Nutter administration

Joan Markman
Joan Markman

Joan Markman, the city’s first ever Chief Integrity Officer, is hanging up her hat.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced Markman’s departure late Friday and lauded her as someone who infused everything she did with the highest professional and ethical standards.

As the first of her kind in the city, Markman has had an office strategically positioned right next to Nutter’s since 2008.

“It’s been a privilege to serve the citizens of Philadelphia in Mayor Nutter’s administration,” Markman said via news release.

“I’m gratified that over the past six years, I’ve been able to work with so many administration officials and city employees who have done the city’s business with honesty and integrity, and I believe that the public appreciates the good work that has been done.”

Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald said the position will be filled by someone, though it is unclear yet who.

Markman has been battling a bout with breast cancer and said that the side effects of chemotherapy treatments have taken a toll on her. Her last day will be Jan. 31, but she will continue to serve on the Philadelphia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

Highly regarded as one of the head gumshoes to drawn back the curtain on backroom political dealings during the John F. Street administration, Markman was the prosecutor that obtained a court order to plant an FBI bug in Street's office.

“Joan has occupied an office right next to my own for very significant reasons,” said Nutter.

“I wanted to repair the damaged reputation of public service in Philadelphia and she became the city’s champion of ethics and accountability. And whether the issue was contracting, the disposition of city property or ethics regulations, she helped the administration set a new course for the city.”

Markman helped launch the city website IntegrityWorks, a tool for the public to learn about city ethics policies and practices.

She is the fourth mayoral aide to leave the administration in six weeks, joining Terry Gillen, the city’s first director of federal affairs, Thomas Knudsen, the chief revenue collections officer and Kevin Dow, COO of the commerce department.

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