Saying Farewell To A Community Servant: City Attorney To Retire

South Milwaukee is blessed to have many people who have dedicated their lives to serving their community. No one fits that description more than Joseph Murphy.

SM Common Council for Website 6-9-15-10That’s why it was sad, albeit not surprising, to hear that Joe is retiring after serving more than 34 years as South Milwaukee city attorney. The Common Council accepted his retirement letter, effective May 31, on Tuesday.

Joe leaves behind a legacy of professionalism, hard work, dedication and wisdom — and a commitment to doing what’s right. He was a trusted adviser for me, and I will miss his counsel and guidance on issues big and small.

The Murphy family legacy is even greater. Joe’s mother was among the founders of Human Concerns, and I can’t think of a better example of the family’s desire to make South Milwaukee a better place for all people.

Now, we begin the search for Joe’s successor. We will start by exploring hiring a firm to perform these services, and I’ll keep you posted as we move forward.

You will recall that the city attorney position is no longer elected. The council made that job, and those of the city clerk and treasurer, appointed, effective in 2017, although we accelerated that date last year, when Joe informed us he was moving out of South Milwaukee. Then came word of his pending retirement over the weekend.

I wish Joe nothing but the best, and I can’t think of a better message than this: Thank you.


Filed under City Council, South Milwaukee

2 responses to “Saying Farewell To A Community Servant: City Attorney To Retire

  1. I’ve only have known Joe for a little over a month as my landlord but can say he will he missed. Always kind and thoughtful to his tenants.

  2. Disco

    Joe Murphy has always given me a lot of time in the many numerous contacts with the city. At times I have disagree with him but always tried to use him as a source of legal information. The city is starting to enter a critical time to fix downtown, or tear it down, Historical preservation credits I belief are the key to the fix. Getting a city attorney that has some background in these credits would help.

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