April 15, 2003
County Commissioner of Public Works Appointed
Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to
announce his selection of Michael P. Murphy to fill the currently vacant
position of Dutchess County Commissioner of Public Works. Mr. Murphy’s
appointment is effective Monday, April 21. Murphy, 51, resides in the city of
Poughkeepsie with his wife Patricia.
Steinhaus stated, “Mike Murphy is known to many in county government and
brings with him years of proven management experience, including a previous
tenure with Dutchess County government. Mike is regarded as a skilled
professional, and I look forward to working with him on the many public works
duties and challenges before us.”
Most recently, Murphy was 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
under present city Mayor Colette Lafuente.
“I appreciate County Executive Steinhaus’ confidence and am pleased to be
joining his management team. Returning to my home county and to the workplace
where my public service career essentially began is truly exhilarating, and I
am anxious to roll up my sleeves and get started,” Murphy said.
The Commissioner of Public Works is responsible for the administration of a
$15 million budget and the supervision of 214 employees. The Public Works
Department includes five divisions: Buildings; Highway; Engineering; Parks;
and the Airport. The position became vacant December 31, 2002 with the
retirement of former Commissioner Paul Cassillo.
As is required by the Dutchess County Charter, a resolution to confirm Mr.
Murphy’s appointment as Commissioner of Public Works has been forwarded to
the County Legislature.