NEWPORT CITY MANAGER NAMES ROB MURPHY FIRE CHIEF
Newport City Manager, Spencer Nebel announced that he has appointed Interim Fire Chief Rob Murphy to the position of Fire Chief, effective January 1, 2015. Murphy has been serving as Interim Fire Chief since the retirement of Chief Phil Paige earlier this year.
Nebel reported that “Murphy has the proven character, skills, and motivation to lead the department into the future.”
Murphy is a fifth generation Oregonian who was born in Eugene and raised in Springfield. He has been in the fire service for 23 years, and earned an Associate’s of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection, and a Paramedic Certification from Chemeketa Community College. He joined the Newport Fire Department as a volunteer in 2003; was hired as a relief engineer/training officer in 2007; and promoted to Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal in 2011. Murphy lives in Newport with his wife Judy, and has one grown son and two granddaughters.
Nebel reported that he “appreciates the job that the city’s full-time and volunteer firefighters play in keeping the citizens of Newport, and the Newport Rural Fire Protection District, safe and protected.” He added that “he is confident that Fire Chief Rob Murphy will provide the necessary insight to continue evaluating ways to effectively meet the critical community needs for fire prevention and safety, along with sound leadership for the men and women who serve this department.”
Murphy stated that he “is very humbled and grateful for this opportunity.” He added that he wants to “thank all the members of the Newport Fire Department, along with City Manager Nebel, the City Council, and all of the city staff for encouraging and supporting him and his family.” Murphy also expressed thanks to his predecessor, Phil Paige, “for his guidance and wisdom in helping him prepare for this appointment.” Murphy stated that he “looks forward to continuing his vision of moving the Newport Fire Department forward.” He added that “with the continued support of the community, he firmly believes that the fine members of the Newport Fire Department will continue to provide the greater Newport area with compassionate and professional care.”