Charlottesville Deputy City Manager Mike Murphy, who served as the city’s interim manager for nine months, announced Tuesday that he will retire in October after he reaches 25 years with the city.
Officials said Murphy will leave his post on Dec. 6 and be on paid administrative leave until his retirement date.
Murphy served as city manager from July 2018, when Maurice Jones left the post, to May 2019, when the council hired current City Manager Tarron Richardson.
Murphy earns a salary of $158,829, according to a city spokesman. His Oct. 31, 2020 retirement date is set in his current contract with the city. The contract clause allows him full retirement benefits under the city’s retirement structure whether he makes it to the retirement date, is asked to leave or is dismissed.
In his contract, the city agreed that Murphy would “be entitled to separate from service as if he obtained his normal retirement date under the terms of this agreement and may retire effective Oct. 31, 2020, or at any time thereafter.”
Murphy took over the manager’s duties after Jones took a job as the town manager of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in July 2018.
Jones made the move two months after the Charlottesville City Council announced in May 2018 that they would not renew his contract, citing “a disconnect” between him and the council.
After Richardson’s hire, Murphy was named deputy city manager for human services in July 2019 and supervised the city’s human services, social services, parks and recreation and transit departments.
“My time with the City of Charlottesville has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined,” Murphy said in a news release. “It was a privilege to have served, and been touched by, so many lives. I am incredibly grateful to my family who supported me, and to those who have worked alongside me to make the organization and community a better place.”
“I want to thank Mike Murphy for his years of dedication and service to this community,” Richardson said in the same release. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Murphy joined the city in 1995 in the community attention division that provides residential and community-based services for youth and families. He was appointed director in 2003 and became director of Human Services when that department was established in 2010.
Murphy assumed the role of interim assistant city manager in March 2015 and was promoted to assistant city manager in August 2015.
Murphy joins a long list of high-ranking city officials to depart Charlottesville in the past two years.
Besides former manager Jones, Grant Duffield, executive director of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority; Human Resources Director Galloway Beck; Assistant City Manager Leslie Beauregard; Registrar Rosanna Bencoach; CAT Director John Jones; and Information Technology Director Karen Parker all have left the city.
Former Police Chief Al Thomas, spokeswoman Miriam Dickler and City Attorney Craig Brown each announced resignations within months of the violent and deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally.