Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter submitted a resolution last week to the City Council that would appoint Kenya Mann to the City Ethics Board.
“Ethical behavior should be the bedrock of all city functions,” Nutter said Thursday in a press release. “Restoring faith in our government is an important part of changing this city.”
Nutter was inaugurated as Philadelphia’s new mayor earlier this month, and he has vowed fight corruption. In May 2005, former Treasurer Corey Kemp was convicted in a pay-to-play case involving municipal bond underwriting and other charges. Kemp was sentenced to 10 years in prison, ordered to pay $334,000 in restitution, and fined $10,000.
Mann was previously an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to her appointment, Mann was partner in the litigation department and a member of the White Collar Litigation Group at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP. She is one of three former prosecutors out of the U.S. attorney’s office that Nutter has brought in to his administration to ensure integrity in government.
Nutter previously appointed Amy L. Kurland to be inspector general and created a new position in which Joan L. Markman will function as chief integrity officer. Both Kurland and Markman served as counsel for a significant number of prosecutions in Philadelphia, including the Kemp case. Each of the three former prosecutors has been involved with prosecuting municipal corruption cases in the city over the last 10 years.