Mayor Nutter has announced that Albert D'Attilio, a Philadelphia Gas Works executive, will be the city's new human-resources director. The job was formerly titled personnel director.

D'Attilio was vice president of human resources at PGW, where he created an employee performance system and led collective-bargaining negotiations.

He will have similar duties for the city, but they will be much larger in scope. There are about 22,000 city employees, compared with 1,700 at PGW.

D'Attilio has also worked in the city Personnel Department and as a deputy solicitor in the Law Department.

Nutter said Friday that he hoped D'Attilio would help the city fill open positions with qualified people faster than it had.

"We need to speed up the process significantly. It absolutely takes too long," Nutter said.

D'Attilio was formally appointed by the Civil Services Commission. He replaces Tanya Smith, who resigned after an inspector general's investigation that found that she had manipulated the results of a citywide test for management trainees to benefit a favored employee.

Nutter said Friday that there was no sign that Smith's case was anything but an isolated incident. He said D'Attilio was a person of the "highest character, reputation and background."

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