Kevin John Murphy was born on September 9, 1953 in Long Beach, California to parents Warren and Shirley. He lost his battle with cancer July 21, 2011 surrounded by his loving family.
Kevin was a UCLA Bruin, something he was exceedingly proud of throughout his life. It was at UCLA that Kevin gained his passion for city governance.
Upon graduation from UCLA in 1976, Kevin began his 22-year career in city government. Serving in Walnut and Stanton, and then in Lancaster as Assistant to the City Manager. In 1983, at the age of 29, Kevin began as City Manager in Alhambra, where he became one of the youngest City Managers in the State of California.
After nine years in Alhambra, he moved to Newport Beach as City Manager. He was well respected and many of his peers in the city viewed him as forward thinking and consistently ahead of the curve in city governance. In 1998, Kevin took the opportunity to utilize his knowledge of municipalities and joined PARS, leading their consulting division. Most recently he was named Chief Operating Officer of the Public Agency Retirement Services.