New Chief Integrity Officer Named

Mayor Nutter on Friday announced that Hope Caldwell would become the city’s new Chief Integrity Officer, replacing Joan Markman, who retired last week.

Caldwell had been Markman’s chief deputy since 2011.

The chief integrity officer position was created by Mayor Nutter on his first day in office, as part of a pledge to clean up government and make it more open and transparent. Markman, a career federal prosecutor, was the first person named to that post.

Caldwell, an attorney, had been working on contract and federal grant compliance, as well as vacant land issues, in her deputy role.

“I look forward to continuing the work that Joan began: serving as a resource for employees.,” Caldwell said in a statement. “I encourage employees, citizens and vendors to continue reaching out to our office with concerns.”

Stephanie Tipton, who now oversees the bidding and contracting process for the city’s public works and concessions, among other duties, will begin serving as deputy chief on February 18.

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