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Murphy hired as interim leader at Albemarle Commission

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From staff reports

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

HERTFORD — Robert Mur­phy of Rocky Mount will serve as in­terim ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Albe­marle Com­mis­sion, the agency’s Board of Del­e­gates has an­nounced.

The board ap­proved Mur­phy’s hir­ing at an emer­gency meet­ing on Sun­day. He be­gan work at the agency this week.

Mur­phy’s hir­ing fol­lows Cathy Dav­i­son’s res­ig­na­tion, which took ef­fect on Sun­day.

Mur­phy has ex­pe­ri­ence in lo­cal gov­ern­ment lead­er­ship. He grad­u­ated from Old Do­min­ion Univer­sity in 1970 and ob­tained a mas­ter’s de­gree in ur­ban af­fairs from Vir­ginia Tech in 1974.

After serv­ing as county man­ager in Carteret County from 1997 through 2001, he served as county man­ager for Nash County from 2001 un­til his re­tire­ment in 2013. Since re­tir­ing, he has served as the in­terim county man­ager for nu­mer­ous coun­ties, in­clud­ing Caswell, Pen­der, Vance and War­ren.

The search process to re­place Dav­i­son is un­der­way. Ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted through Dec. 3. The Albe­marle Com­mis­sion Board of Del­e­gates hopes to have a new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor in place by Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary.

Mur­phy will likely serve un­til a new di­rec­tor is hired, com­mis­sion of­fi­cials said.

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