JACKSON, Wyo. — The Board of County Commissioners chose Maureen “Mo” Murphy as the new county clerk to replace outgoing Sherry Daigle.
Both Murphy and Daigle are leaving positions they’ve held for some time. Daigle leaves the county after 21 years and Murphy has been at the Chamber of Commerce for 12 years.
“It’s going to be hard to leave the Chamber and Sherry has that institutional knowledge that the county relies on,” Murphy said. “But I’m really excited to be able to step up and serve not only the business community as I did with the Chamber, but the whole community.”
Commissioners chose Murphy from among three candidates put forth by the Republican Party. The county clerk is an elected official. Daigle announced her retirement just two weeks ago, so the position is being filled through a nomination and appointment process until a future election cycle.
In addition to Murphy, the Teton County Republican Party selected current chief deputy clerk Amy Evans and GOP chair Alex Muromcew. Muromcew immediately withdrew leaving Murphy and Evans to interview before the BCC Thursday.
Murphy said it was local attorney Dick Stout who suggested the opening would be right in her wheelhouse.
“Dick Stout called and said, ‘I found your next job.’ He said, you’d be perfect for this,’” Murphy said.
Murphy said she feels born to serve. A daughter of a former nun and Franciscan brother, Murphy said she was raised in a family that was always serving.
As director of special events & community affairs, Murphy feels her event planning would come in useful during election season, when the clerk’s office is consumed with the business of overseeing local balloting and quick pivoting is sometimes a desired skillset.
Murphy says her experience with budgets and recordkeeping, as well as an active real estate license, will also set her up well for the records aspect of the clerk’s office where marriage licenses, vehicle and voter registration, and land records are everyday undertakings.
But it’s Murphy’s growing involvement in Leadership Wyoming with mentorship from Daigle that has ignited a passion for community and government affairs, and led Murphy straight into a job change that has come so suddenly she says she still can’t believe it.
Murphy told commissioners Thursday she was excited about joining a “department of all the monumental milestones in people’s lives—from registering their car to getting married or taking part in an election. It really interests me,” she said.
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