Heather Murphy joined the Pinal County staff in September 2007 as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Previously, she served nearly eight years managing communications for the Arizona Corporation Commission, a state regulatory agency. Her professional career has involved work with corporations, non-profits and government.
She holds several professional certifications in emergency response and recovery. Following Hurricane Katrina, she took a brief leave of absence from the state to assist FEMA and the state of Louisiana with the launch of the Find Family National Call Center. There she gained valuable real-world crisis communications experience.
Murphy is a graduate of the national Emergency Management Institute’s Advanced Public Information Officer training and is certified instructor for the basic PIO course offered by the Arizona Division of Emergency Management. In her leisure time, she is an avid photographer and serves on the board of a statewide pet rescue organization.