First Deputy Commissioner, Recreation and Programs
City of Philadelphia
Susan Slawson was appointed Recreation Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation by Mayor Michael Nutter in June 2008. Commissioner Slawson has served as a civil service employee in the City of Philadelphia for over 28 years, first serving as a police officer in the 1st Police District and then rising to become a sergeant and a lieutenant. She was appointed Commanding Officer of the Police Athletic League (PAL) unit, overseeing over fifty employees and leading the opening of three new facilities, striving to create more athletic, recreational, educational and cultural opportunities for youth. Susan also represented the Police Department as the Commanding Officer of the Public Affairs Unit. She received her bachelor’s degree in Management from Geneva University.
Commissioner Slawson joined Mayor Nutter’s administration during a recession, yet was able to raise millions of dollars to ensure that neighborhood pools remained open and ensured that the Department received a federal grant that provided computer labs in underserved communities throughout the Parks & Recreation system. She also oversaw the renovation of The Dell Music Center, which now hosts concerts for thousands.
Susan has been recognized by the Philadelphia Tribune, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the National Congress of Black Women, and other organizations, for her work making a difference in the lives of youth and contributing to the overall quality of life in Philadelphia. In addition to these many professional accomplishments, she is most proud of being the mother of Patricia and Michael.