Mt. Pleasant Village Administrator Maureen Murphy was elected President of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities by her peers from cities and villages across the state at the League’s 124th Annual Conference in La Crosse. The League is comprised of more than 600 members: large and small cities and villages representing both urban and rural Wisconsin.
“Being elected President of this preeminent government service organization is the pinnacle of my career,” Murphy said.
Her focus as League President over the next year will be promoting a culture of civility while the League strides towards reforming critical local services funding. “I have always been a strong liaison between diverse stakeholders, building consensus and driving projects forward. I feel strongly that we all have to better understand each other and to communicate better,” Murphy said. “I have spearheaded training in Civility and Temperament Theory. This kind of training helps people recognize, accept and learn to value the differences in each other and increase understanding and empathy.”
In 2022-23 the League’s 16-member Board will be working to set the strategic direction for the League at a critical time in the organization’s history. Cities and villages are facing challenging circumstances due to a broken system of funding local government. Wisconsin municipalities of all sizes face a critical need to provide vital services, including EMS, police and fire services, to their community.
Murphy has more than 25 years of proven leadership experience having served as county administrator in Door County and village administrator in the Village of Slinger, assistant administrator in Mequon and a department head in Washington County and executive staff in Milwaukee County. As Mt. Pleasant Village Administrator, Murphy manages the daily operations of the Village, including overseeing its 180 employees, $31 million budget and the Foxconn project.