JP Murphy is a native Floridian, born in Miami Beach, and raised in Lecanto. Mr. Murphy is a two-time graduate of the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Leadership in 2004. In 2007, he earned his Master of Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the Leadership ICMA class of 2015.
As the Town Manager, Mr. Murphy is appointed by the Town Commission as the chief executive officer to administer the daily operations of the town. He is one of only two employees who reports directly to the Town Commission. Mr. Murphy has been serving the Town since 2005 and has worked as Belleair’s Assistant Town Manager, Finance Director, Budget Director, Assistant to the Town Manager, Management Information Systems (MIS), and as a Finance Intern.
Mr. Murphy is a credentialed member of the International City County Management Association, a member of the Florida City County Management Association, the Government Finance Officers Association, and the American Public Works Association. He is also a FAA-licensed remote drone pilot.