Middletown Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray to be Honored at NJ League of Municipalities Annual Conference
Stephanie Murray, the Deputy Mayor of Middletown, will be honored by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ Women in Municipal Government Committee in Atlantic City during the League’s annual convention on November 15th.
Murray was selected as an award recipient because of her many achievements since beginning her public service in Middletown Township in 2012. When Superstorm Sandy devastated the community five years ago, Murray worked tirelessly to help those affected and created the Volunteer Corps that managed volunteer services during the Township’s recovery process. In addition to her leadership role during Sandy, Murray has made it a priority to bring our Township’s history to the forefront. In 2014, she served as Chairwoman of Middletown 350, a yearlong celebration of the Township’s founding in 1664. She also reinstituted the Historic Preservation Commission, served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and is a member of the Middletown Cultural and Arts Council.
“The Township Committee and I couldn’t be more proud that Deputy Mayor Murray is being recognized for her passion and perseverance in her role as a public servant,” said Mayor Gerry P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D. “In addition to cutting municipal taxes, Stephanie has made preserving our Township’s rich history a key focus and created many wonderful Heritage Tourism programs.”
Women comprise over 51 percent of the New Jersey’s population but only 15 percent are mayors, and only 24 percent of governing body members are female. Murray served as mayor for two consecutive terms and joins the shortlist of only five female mayors in the Township’s history. “I’m humbled to be honored alongside other women who have dedicated their time and energy toward the advancement of female municipal government leaders,” said Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray. “I truly hope that I will be able to continue to serve our community, fight for our residents’ best interests, and help mentor future female leaders who want to make a difference.”
In addition to her service as an elected official in Middletown, Murray was recently named the Business Administrator in West Long Branch.
Murray is seeking her third term on the Township Committee in the upcoming election on November 7.