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File #: 190368    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/2/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/2/2019
Title: Recognizing and honoring Joanne Dahme for her many years of service as the General Manager of the Public Affairs Division for the Philadelphia Water Department.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. PHILSignatureReport-19036800
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Recognizing and honoring Joanne Dahme for her many years of service as the General Manager of the Public Affairs Division for the Philadelphia Water Department.
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WHEREAS, Joanne Dahme is a longtime resident of the Roxborough Neighborhood of Philadelphia. She was first hired by the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) in 1980 as a Civil Engineer after graduating from Villanova University; and

WHEREAS, From 1999 to 2008, Joanne Dahme served as PWD's Watersheds Programs Manager. At the Office of Watersheds, Dahme directed the development and implementation of regional watershed partnerships; and

WHEREAS, During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Dahme tirelessly worked to visit many impacted areas to coordinate relief efforts, as well as reassure residents and the rest of Philadelphia that PWD was there for them and ready to respond; and

WHEREAS, It was Dahme's leadership that greatly improved customer service within PWD by pushing the Department towards a modern cloud-based system and by streamlining the way PWD and the Water Revenue Bureau work together; and

WHEREAS, In 2015, Dahme served as the first ever Chair of the Citywide Flood Risk Management Task Force, an inter-departmental group she shepherded into existence to address flooding concerns in every neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, Dahme's work did not stop at the City level. She also rallied federal and state regulators, along with City partners, and community leaders behind the revolutionary Green City, Clean Waters Program, to reduce storm water pollution entering the Philadelphia water system; and

WHEREAS, In 2016, Dahme won the Richardson Dilworth Award for Excellence in Customer Service, one of the most prestigious awards a City employee can receive; and

WHEREAS, In addition to her work with PWD, Dahme is an accomplished writer, having published five young adult novels, including "Contagion," a historical novel set in the Water Works in 1895 during the typhoid epidemic; and

WHEREA...

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