City of Murrieta hires new development services director

MURRIETA – The City of Murrieta announced that after a nationwide search they have hired Jeffrey Kenneth Murphy as their new Development Services Director. “We are very pleased that Mr. Murphy will be joining our City team, he has extensive experience in all areas of Development Services as well as an impressive reputation for his work with Policy Development, Business Process Improvements and Intergovernmental Affairs,” said Kim Summers, City Manager.

Murphy comes to the City with over 15 years of administrative oversight, where he directed, organized and coordinated over 100 employees. In his role as a Planning Director for the City of San Diego, Murphy was responsible for developing long-range planning and land use policy as well as oversight of the City’s multimillion dollar development impact fee program. He also served as a Director for the Planning & Building Department for the City of Encinitas, as well as deputy director for the Department of Planning and Land Use for the County of San Diego where he was responsible for technical and diverse department divisions including Planning, Building, Housing Authority and County Fire Authority.

In addition, Murphy developed CEQA thresholds, which established standardized criteria for evaluating environmental significant impacts, and has experience in working with the Endangered Species Act, State Map Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, CEQA and California Endangered Species Act. His Intergovernmental Affairs experience involves working with California Coastal Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, CALFIRE and Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Murphy has a master’s degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in City Planning from San Diego State University; and a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University.

The duties of Development Services Director include oversight of the Planning, Engineering, Building Safety, and Public Works divisions within the City. Murphy will serve on the City’s Executive Team to assist in improving development service programs and functions citywide. His first day of work will be Feb. 5.

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