Commissioner Sylvia Murphy was born, raised and educated in the Boston area. At the age of 18 she came to the Keys to work for Art McKee, the treasure salvor, translating the ship’s logs from the Spanish archives.
She never left. She married and raised two children in Tavernier, where she has lived for 62 years.
Murphy worked for the Monroe County Health Department as the intake clerk; for the Monroe County School Board as the registrar at Coral Shores School when it was grades K-12 and for Monroe County Fire/Rescue as an Emergency Medical Technician. She has had the honor of serving as Monroe County Commissioner since 2006.
Before running for public office, Murphy was a member of the Monroe County Human Services Advisory Board (chairing that Board for 3 years) and a member of the Upper Keys Health Care Taxing District, locally known as the Trauma Board. She is a volunteer EMT with Tavernier Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corps since 1981 and is a current officer of the Tavernier Community Association.
She loves to garden, raises orchids and bromeliads and also has a variety of turtles, some of which are 40, 50 and 60 years old.
She also loves to travel, her latest adventures taking her to Cuba, New York City and Anchorage. This year she plans a trip to Washington, D.C. with her daughter and granddaughter.
Murphy says that her three terms as a County Commissioner have been – by far – the most interesting and satisfying “project” she’s ever been involved. Her motto for her 4th term in office in 2016: “Can We Do It Again? YES!! We can.”