Utica Mayor-elect Palmieri announces appointment of Chief of Staff

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. - Utica Mayor-Elect Robert Palmieri has appointed native Utican Jim Murphy to be his Chief of Staff.

Murphy, 57, lived in Utica until 1981 when he moved to the Albany area to continue a thirty year career in the New York State Assembly. He has held numerous positions in the Assembly, including Director of Personnel, Director of the Intern Program, and Director of Regional Services for the Assembly Majority. He began state service in 1977 working for the late Melvin N. Zimmer, a Member of the Assembly representing the City of Syracuse.

Murphy was born in the old Saint Luke's Hospital on Whitesboro Street and grew up in West Utica. He attended George Washington Elementary School and Kernan School. He is a graduate of Utica Free Academy, Class of 1971. Murphy holds a BA (Political Science) with honors from Utica College and an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

"Jim Murphy has maintained a deep personal and professional relationship to the City of Utica his entire life. He has many friends and family members who still live here," Palmieri said. "Jim possesses an intense attachment to the city he still calls home. His work ethic, experience and fresh outlook should serve the people well."

"Mayor-Elect Palmieri has made it clear that it is a privilege to work for the City Of Utica," Murphy said. "Working anywhere in city government is no longer a job, but a mission. Accordingly, I will do all that I possibly can to justify this appointment. The challenges Mayor Palmieri faces are historic. I am honored and that he chose me to be in his administration at this extraordinary time."

Currently living in the Saratoga County community of Burnt Hills, Murphy will establish residence in the City of Utica. He will be paid an annual salary of $30,000 and will receive no health or pension benefits.

Jim Murphy is the son of the late Helen M. Murphy.

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