Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the retirement of Michael Murphy, Commissioner of Public Works.
“I am most grateful to Mike for his years of outstanding service to the County. Personally and professionally, I will miss his ever present strength of leadership which has served us and the residents of Dutchess so well during his tenure. We offer best wishes to Mike and his family,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
Steinhaus appointed Murphy as Commissioner of Public Works in 2003. As Commissioner, Murphy was responsible for the administration of a $20 million operating budget and oversight of the capital budget which was $24 million for 2007. The Public Works Department includes five divisions: Buildings, Highway, Engineering, Parks, and the Airport, with more than 200 employees.
Under Commissioner Murphy, the County has made major improvements to its Parks System including the acquisition of Quiet Cove Park on the Hudson River, extensions to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, the development of the Dutchess Rail Trail and the 10 year extension of the Hudson Valley Renegades agreement to use Dutchess Stadium. Mr. Murphy has also been instrumental in advancing the Eastern Dutchess Government Center project in Millbrook, the completion of the Dutchess County Highway Complex Master Plan and the design and initiation of the Dutchess County Emergency Operations Center on Creek Road in Poughkeepsie.
Murphy has agreed to continue to serve the County during the transition period. He will be retained on a contractual basis, providing guidance and direction for the interim administration of the department during the vacancy in the Office of Commissioner. During this period, Charlie Traver, Director of Highway Construction and Maintenance will be Acting Commissioner of the department.
Mr. Murphy served previously as the Village Manager in Port Chester, New York for four years. Locally, he also served eight years for city of Poughkeepsie government both as Superintendent of Public Works and as City Administrator. Mr. Murphy also served the County as the Assistant to former County Executive Lucille Pattison from 1979 to 1988.