Dick Murphy, former Mayor of San Diego, California.

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This is an archived article, published in September 2003
Dick Murphy
Mayor of San Diego
By Josh Fecht

Former Superior Court Judge Dick Murphy took the oath as Mayor of San Diego in December 2000. Although between 1981 and 1985 Mr Murphy served one term on the San Diego City Council, at his election as Mayor many considered him a fresh face in the world of San Diego. Until he became the 33rd Mayor of San Diego, Mr Murphy’s most of career had been spent as an attorney and a judge.

He served as an officer in the US Army, as the San Diego Marketing Director for Bank of America, and as an attorney at the law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps. In 1985, he was appointed Municipal Court Judge by the former Governor of California George Deukmejian. In 1989, the Governor elevated him to Superior Court Judge. In this position he presided over hundreds of complex criminal and civil trials.

During his period as councillor, Mr Murphy chaired the Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force, helping to create San Diego’s largest park (6,000 acres). He also chaired the Metropolitan Transit Development Board, leading the effort to build the East Line of the San Diego Trolley.

As Mayor, he has set forth a bold agenda to make San Diego ‘a City worthy of its citizens’ affection’. His goals for the City include:

• Establishing an ethics commission
• Reducing traffic congestion
• Creating neighborhoods the city can be proud of
• Cleaning up the city’s beaches and bays
• Restructuring regional government
• Constructing an airport
• Completing the ballpark
• Building a library system
• Making San Diego one of America’s safest city
• Pursuing energy independence

Dick Murphy graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Illinois. Following his postgraduate studies he received an MBA from Harvard University, and a law degree from Stanford University.
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