Mike Murphy is the new head of water supply for Corpus Christi

Mike Murphy takes the helm of the Corpus Christi Water Department.

He began his position as the department’s chief operating officer on May 17. He reports directly to city administrator Peter Zanoni and has a similar role as deputy city administrator.

In his new role, Murphy will lead the city’s efforts to develop a desalination plant in Corpus Christi.

The city administrator, Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo and the city council held a press conference in the town hall on Monday to announce his appointment.

Mike Murphy is Corpus Christi’s new chief operating officer for the water supply division.

Previously, Murphy led the public works division in Greenville, South Carolina for 16 years. He was selected for the position based on his business experience as well as his technical history, said Zanoni.

“Part of the problem is that we don’t run this water, sewage (department) like a business,” said Zanoni. “So we needed someone who was enterprising to run the business efficiently, focus on the prices passed on to the customer, and then focus on customer care.”

Murphy is from Lubbock, where he began his career with the city’s water department.

He also has a masters degree in public administration and is a licensed engineer in Texas.

“It really has to help revolutionize our water and sanitation providers,” said Zanoni.

The Corpus Christi Water Tower on Holly Road on Monday September 14, 2020.

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