Kenney Announces Commission of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Deputy Managing Director of Clip, Commission of Public Property, Water Commissioner, & Deputy Chief of Staff
PHILADELPHIA – In a statement, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced five additional appointments to his administration. Dr. Arthur C. Evans Jr. will continue to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Thomas Conway will continue to serve as Deputy Managing Director of CLIP, Bridget Collins-Greenwald will continue to serve as Commissioner of Public Property, Debra McCarty will serve as Water Commissioner, and Vaughn Ross will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff.
“Arthur, Tom and Bridget have provided strong leadership and oversight to their respective City departments. I thank them for their continued service, and I look forward to watching them innovate and build upon their current success.
Dr. Arthur C. Evans Jr. will continue to serve as Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS). In 2015, Evans was recognized by the White House as an “Advocate for Action” by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2013, he received the American Medical Association’s top government service award in health care, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, for his leadership in transforming the Philadelphia behavioral health system. During Dr. Evans’ tenure, DBHIDS has implemented innovative policy and program changes that have resulted in improved outcomes for people receiving services; millions of dollars saved and better access to care for underserved groups. He has served in several national leadership roles, including: Chair of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Partners for Recovery Initiative Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the National Action Group on Fostering System Reform for Adults with Serious Mental Illness, Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Paths to Recovery Project, and President of the Board of Directors of the New England Institute of Addiction Studies. Dr. Evans currently holds faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and also held a faculty appointment at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Thomas Conway will continue to serve as Deputy Managing Director of the Community Life Improvement Program (CLIP). Through initiatives like the city’s Vacant Lot Program, Graffiti Abatement Teams, Community Service Program, and Community Partnership program, Conway has coordinated operating departments to remove blight and improve the appearance of neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. Conway also directs the Exterior Property Maintenance Program designed to enforce and abate exterior property maintenance issues. Previously, Conway served as an Assistant Managing Director in the Rendell administration. He is Director and Co-Founder of the Major Artery Revitalization Committee (MARC), a non-profit committee designed to improve major arteries in Northeast Philadelphia through beautification, support, and community efforts.
Bridget Collins-Greenwald will continue to serve as Commissioner of Public Property. As Commissioner, Collins-Greenwald is responsible for the maintenance of over 150 city-managed facilities, including City Hall, the Tri-Plex, and all Police and Fire stations. Additionally, she oversees the capital program process for new construction and facility capital improvements for a majority of publicly owned properties. Previously, Collins-Greenwald worked in the Managing Director’s Office on vacant property, space allocation, facilities management and land management strategies. She joined the city as a Management Trainee in the Office of Human Resources and later went to work in the Operations area in the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Collins holds a B.S. degree in Business Management from Drexel University and a M.S. degree in Human Resource Management from Holy Family University.
“I’m also very excited to welcome Debra McCarty and Vaughn Ross to their new positions. Their tireless work ethic and outstanding leadership skills make them the perfect choice to assume these responsibilities, and I have no doubt that they will thrive in their new roles.”
Debra McCarty will serve as Water Commissioner. McCarty has worked for the Philadelphia Water Department since moving to Philadelphia from Baltimore in 1982. She currently serves as Deputy Commissioner/Director of Operations for the Water Department, where she is responsible for oversight of the operation and maintenance of three drinking water treatment plants, three wastewater treatment plants, 3,200 miles of water mains, 3,500 miles of sewers, 79,000 inlets, 25,000 fire hydrants and various pumping stations throughout the city, as well as 1,400 employees. McCarty has served on the boards of the Powelton Village Civic Association, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the Neighborhood Gardens Association. She currently serves on the board of The Philadelphia Singers as its Secretary and remains active in her civic association. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering.
Vaughn Ross will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff. Ross most recently worked as Finance Director for Jim Kenney’s campaign for Mayor. He previously worked as Finance Director for Ken Trujillo’s campaign for Mayor and as a Finance Associate for Senator Bob Casey’s 2012 re-election campaign. A Lehigh University graduate, Ross also interned in Mayor Nutter’s policy office working on grant writing and research.