City Manager J.J. Murphy has dedicated much of his life and career to serving the public through his professional services as well as in his role with the United States Air Force. He has more than 12 years of experience in local government and over 17 years as a military officer. His areas of expertise span a number of skills and include time management, media relations, labor relations, public-private partnerships, budget control and implementation, customer service, leadership and teambuilding, organizational change and development, and negotiation and interpersonal skills.
His experience in city management has been largely successful. He attended King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1993. He went on to achieve his Master’s in Public Administration at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1998. He was recently accepted to Northeastern University to pursue his Doctorate in Law and Policy starting in the summer of 2015.
His time with the city of Wilkes-Barre is highlighted by his success in navigating the municipality through financial hardship, taking them away from bankruptcy and into economic stability. He implemented a five-year recovery plan that resulted in an audited financial turnaround of $57 million from 2003 to 2009.
City Manager J.J. Murphy has continued his professional development, having graduated from both the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program as well as the ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute in 2013. In 2014, he graduated from the Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, at the University of Virginia and also completed the Dale Carnegie “Skills for Success.”