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Posted on: March 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Chris Murphy Named Director of Planning and Development Services

The City-County Planning Board has voted to hire Chris Murphy as the director of planning and development services for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Murphy succeeds Aaron King, who was promoted to assistant city manager in November 2021.

Murphy joined the City-County Planning Department in 2001 and has served as deputy director and more recently as acting director. Prior to that he served as assistant inspections director and as the principal planner over current planning. Before joining the City-County Planning staff he held various positions with the towns of Carrboro and Knightdale, and city of Jacksonville, N.C.

Chris Leak, the chairman of the City-County Planning Board, said, “We’re very fortunate to have someone of Chris’ ability already on the staff. He has served in the acting planning director role previously and been a very important contributor to the excellent reputation our Planning Department currently enjoys. Chris is well respected for his very thoughtful and helpful approach to planning matters. We’re convinced that he has the experience, temperament and integrity to be an outstanding planning director for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.”

Murphy said, “I appreciate the confidence the City-County Planning Board has in me to lead the department. I am very excited and honored to be selected and look forward to working with our incredible planning and inspections staff to help shape the future of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.”

Murphy has a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in geography and planning from Appalachian State University.

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