Sheriff Murphy

Bio of Sheriff Murphy

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Sheriff James W. Murphy was sworn in as St. Louis City Sheriff on January 1, 1989. He was re-elected to that office in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. Sheriff Murphy strives to make his Department an innovative and dynamic agency.

James W. Murphy was elected Committeeman of the Twelfth Ward in 1972, an office he still holds. He was a City Constable from 1974 to 1976. Jim was also elected to the Missouri Senate in 1976, and reelected to that position in 1980.

When first elected Sheriff he attended the required St. Louis Sheriff's Training Academy at the St. Louis Police Academy. Since becoming Sheriff he has received Certificates of Training from the Institute of Police Technology and Management, Missouri Police Chiefs Association, Missouri Sheriff's Training Conferences and the National Sheriffs' Association for the Management of Law Enforcement Agencies. Sheriff Murphy attended the National Sheriff's Association Management Training Program at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

On October 12, 1994 he was voted Missouri's Sheriff of the Year. Jim was President of the Missouri Sheriffs' Association in 2000 and presently serves on the Board of Directors. Jim was the recipient of an Award of Appreciation from Missouri Police Chiefs in December 1999, the Catholic Youth Apostolate Community Achievement Award in May 2009 and the Irish Person of the Year in February 2010.

Jim has been married to his wife, Marilyn, for over 50 years and has 5 children. He is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, White House Retreat, the IHM Men's Club, and the Soccer Hall of Fame.


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