Anna C. Verna
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Anna C. Verna
Anna C. Verna
President of the Philadelphia City Council

January 14, 1999[1] - December 15, 2011
John Street
Darrell Clarke
Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 2nd District

January 6, 1975 - January 2, 2012
William Cibotti
Kenyatta Johnson
Personal details
Born (1931-04-15) April 15, 1931 (age 88)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic

Anna Cibotti Verna (born April 15, 1931)[2] is a former President of the Philadelphia City Council on which she served from 1975 to 2012, as the representative of the Second District, which encompasses most of South Philadelphia as well as most of the western end of Center City. She is a Democrat. She is the daughter of former council member William Cibotti and was elected to his seat following his death in 1975.[3]

Verna has drawn criticism for her support of the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) for city employees which allows municipal employees to forgo some pension payments in lieu of a lump-sum payment on the date of their retirement. Prior to the 2011 municipal election, several councilmembers exploited a loophole in DROP, allowing elected officials to retire for a day at the end of their term, and then resume work in their next term. Following public outcry, several of the councilmembers who enrolled in DROP, including Verna, declined to run for reelection. Others, like Councilman Frank Rizzo, Jr. were defeated for renomination.[4]

Ward leader

Verna is the Ward Leader of the 36th Ward Democratic Executive Committee.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Verna elected Council prez: Blackwell's pension bill falls short". The Philadelphia Tribune. January 15, 1999. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  3. ^ "Philadelphia City Council's Final '11 Meeting Marks End of Verna Era". CBS Philly. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Dunn, Mike (December 15, 2011). "Philadelphia City Council's Final '11 Meeting Marks End of Verna Era". CBS 3. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Committee of Seventy (2009-12-21). "2009 Citizen's Guide" (PDF). 2009 Citizen's Guide. The Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-04-19. Retrieved .

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