Sylvia Murphy is in the midst of her fourth 4-year term as a Monroe County Commissioner. She was first elected in 2004, and said that her terms as a County Commissioner have been – by far – the most interesting and satisfying “project” she’s ever been involved.
Murphy was born, raised, and educated in the Boston area. At the age of 18, she came to the Keys to work for Art McKee, the treasure salver, translating the ship’s logs from the Spanish archives.
She never left. She married and raised two children in Tavernier, where she has lived ever since.
Murphy worked for the Monroe County Health Department as the intake clerk, for the Monroe County School Board as the registrar at Coral Shores School when it was grades K-12, and for Monroe County Fire Rescue as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Before running for public office, Murphy was a member of the Monroe County Human Services Advisory Board, chairing that Board for three years, and a member of the Upper Keys Health Care Taxing District, locally known as the Trauma Board. She was also a volunteer EMT with Tavernier Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corps since 1981 and is a current officer of the Tavernier Community Association.
She loves to garden, raising orchids and bromeliads. She raises a variety of turtles, some of which are 40, 50, and 60 years old.