Art Murphy brings over 17 years of dedicated public service to his position on the Red Bank Council. He was first elected to the Council in 2012. Today, as the Council’s president, he presides over the Council in the absence of the mayor and also serves as Police and Commissioner and Fire Commissioner. Prior to being elected to the Council, Art served for three years on the Zoning Board.
“As a council person, I’ve had the privilege of guiding the town through some tough times,” says Art, a lifelong resident of Red Bank. “We’ve come through that safely. Now I want to concentrate on improving our infrastructure to ensure that we remain one of the “Best Little Towns” in the US—a leading hub of dining, night life, transportation and culture on the Shore.”
Art’s experience owning his own construction company, A.V. Murphy Builders, has given him a unique understanding of many of structural issues faced by an historic town like Red Bank. His flexible schedule allows him to keep an eye on road improvements and also be present at certain emergency situations such as fires. He is careful to recuse himself from any Council votes which might conflict with his building business.
Before founding his business, Art served four years as an MP (municipal police) in the US Marines. He says that the experience molded him, and “I still practice the principles they stood for,” he says. The management skills Art developed at that time have been very useful in building and maintaining strong positive relationships with the borough’s uniformed officers.
“We have one of the best fire brigades and police department in the state,” says Art. “In fact, we have an amazing number of candidates to join our police force. Everyone wants to work here in Red Bank. That’s because we have a wonderful mix of different types of people from all walks of life, so our officers have a chance to use lots of different skills.”
Right now Art’s main “issue” focus is on parking. Everyone in town wants the situation improved, but there is no consensus as to how to do that. Art is taking the lead in that discussion, bringing together the community for input and examining the wide variety of choices in terms of size, location, and funding. Art also serves as the Council’s liaison with Red Bank’s Senior Center Council. He and his wife Jan life in town with their son Arthur IV and two daughters, Caroline and Skylar.
As Chair of the Finance Committee, Michael DuPont’s leadership has enabled the Borough of Red Bank to maintain financial stability through tough times. The policies he advocated have resulted in a continued high level of municipal services, a sounder financial position for the borough, as well as a flat budget—meaning no municipal tax increase for 2015. Now Mike is turning his attention to the future of Red Bank and how to improve quality of life for all residents.
‘I am dedicated to make sure Red Bank is the best and hippest place in New Jersey,” states Mike. “That includes continuing to improve our infrastructure, making sure people are safe, and providing more access to the waterfront to residents.”
Mike has served the borough of Red Bank for over 20 years. For10 years he was a member of the Zoning Board and Boards of the RiverCenter and Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. In 2006 he was elected to the Borough Council where he has served as Finance Chair since 2005. Mike is a partner in the firm of McKenna, DuPont, Higgins, and Stone. He serves a wide range of clients from financial institutions to national corporations. His experience negotiating union contracts for municipal governments has been of great help to the borough of over the last few years. He holds a certification in municipal finance from Rutgers University. He and his wife Doreen live in town with their daughter Alison and eight-year old twins Olivia and Daniel.