DENVILLE, NJ-- My name is John Murphy; I have lived in Denville for the past 28 years. I am running for Council-at-large, with Councilwomen Lyden, and Nancy Witte. I am married to my wife Stacey, who’s family has been in Denville for over 80 years, together we have a daughter Christina who attended local schools and has recently completed her sophomore year at Hood College in Frederick Maryland.
I am a recent retiree from a fortune 500 company with a 13 Billion market cap and 3.3 billion in sales. I spent 23 years there as a financial professional, in many roles both as a team leader, finance manager and Assistant Controller. When elected I hope to put my financial expertise to use in helping our council and town.
If you look at some of my past volunteer roles in town, I have always tried to use either my financial experience or my belief in constant improvement. With Hurricane Sandy I helped significantly increase the funds raised for flood victims. With the Renegade lacrosse program as Coach and Treasurer, we went from an ending annual zero balance to within 4 years ending with a 10K balance, along with establishing a scholarship for four local graduating seniors.
I have been a member of Denville’s Board of Adjustment, including Chairman for over ten years. During my time there, I have improved the applicant experience by reducing costs, and streamlining the process. Those who do know me, know that whether in my professional career or during my extensive volunteering in town, I feel strongly about improving processes and being financial prudent. Hopefully, I have provided you a brief glimpse of what I feel make’s me qualified to be your next councilman.
Three issues of concern to me include: We need to attract smart rate-ables that help to keep our taxes low, whilst having minimal adverse impact on our town infrastructure. During my Board of adjustment tenure we approved the storage warehouse that is out on Morris Avenue next to the Hampton, an example of a business with low impact to traffic, schools and our environment.
I am concerned about our business districts; it is an environment that is in constant state of flux. I have seen first hand at on our Board of Adjustment the challenges facing some of those in our business community. Not just downtown but also out on our highways. We need to keep our town vibrant. We need to protect our business districts, guard it, and help it prosper.
Lastly, another area of concern for me is the traffic that travels through our town, the hub of Morris County. In particular, I am very concerned with the traffic on Route 53. And while many aspects might be beyond our control, we cannot fail to try. I would like to be part of the solution that helps to alleviate some of our traffic woes. I hope to make a positive impact on these as well as other areas in town.
I am running to help keep Denville Vibrant, Healthy and Fiscally Strong. I am asking for your vote and look forward to working with all of you. I am running because I believe in Denville and I can’t wait to get started.