J.J. Murphy, city manager
J.J. Murphy serves as the city manager for Palmdale, California. He has been in public service since graduating from King’s College in 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from King’s College and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Marywood University.
Murphy was named the 2016 New Mexico City Manager of the Year. His expertise in building quality of life amenities in Hobbs through public and private partnerships was his trademark. The municipal golf course he championed, Rockwind Community Links, received numerous awards including Golf Digest Top 10 New Courses and Golf Inc. Top 5 New Golf Developments in the World for 2016. The Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE) is a $63.5 million dollar recreational center with six public and private partners. He led this project from the beginning with construction commencing in August 2016. This facility is one of the most comprehensive recreational centers and economic development drivers within 500 miles. Coordinating both of these generational projects simultaneously was challenging.
Murphy has been a featured speaker at various national conferences and in multiple print publications. His grasp of creating public/private partnerships with municipal government projects enables communities to fund these projects both short and long-term. He serves on the board of the National Council of Public-Private Partnerships. In 2018, he was named one of Muni Golf’s Top Change Agents in golf for his work delivering Rockwind Community Links.
Murphy served as a major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, with the majority of his 20 years of service spent managing command and control centers in Africa, Haiti and in the United States at the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.
He has been married to his wife Colleen since 1999 and they have five beautiful daughters. They have resided in the City of Palmdale since they moved here in 2018.
Murphy is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and has completed the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia, the ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute, the Harvard Kennedy Schools’ Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in 2013, Leadership in the 21st Century in 2017, and the Emerging Leaders Program in 2018. After completion of these three Harvard Kennedy School programs, he is one of the very few municipal leaders that have been awarded a certificate in Public Leadership. He believes these courses enhance his ability to identify progressive strategies and solutions to his community’s challenges.
Murphy is a servant leader who brings a collaborative approach to his role as Palmdale’s city manager.