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Murphy sworn in as interim RPD chief

Murphy sworn in as interim RPD chief

Apr 5, 2017 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Former Riverton Police Department captain Eric Murphy was officially sworn in as the interim chief of police Tuesday during a Riverton City Council meeting.

Murphy was one of three finalists to interview for the position.

Former chief Mike Broadhead announced his resignation in early March after accepting a job as chief with the Statesboro Police Department in Georgia.

The search for the permanent chief continues. Murphy has said he's interested in that position as well.


Mayor Lars Baker administered the oath office before Murphy and a room full of family, friends, city employees and law enforcement personnel.

"I just really appreciate the police department coming and supporting me in this," Murphy said after taking the oath.

"We had a department meeting the other day and I told them I couldn't do it by myself. ... This is a team effort; we're a family."

He thanked everyone in attendance for being there.

Council members and city staff said they were happy to have Murphy as chief.

"He's very qualified, and I look forward to working with him in the next couple of months," interim city administrator Courtney Bohlender said.

"We appreciate your willingness to step in to the gap," Baker said.

Murphy has been a captain with the RPD for eight years.

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