Cook County Board honors recently deceased commissioner
At a recent meeting, the Cook County Board of Commissioners celebrated the life of Commissioner Joan Murphy, who recently passed away.
The Cook County Board of Commissioners consists of 17 elected officials who each serve four-year terms.
Below is the agenda for this meeting, as provided by the board.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF COOK COUNTY Cook County Building, Board Room, 118 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois
Monday, September 26, 2016, 11:15 AM
Special Board Meeting
CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL OF MEETING READ INTO THE RECORD
Sponsored by: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), LUIS ARROYO JR, RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JERRY BUTLER, JOHN P. DALEY, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, GREGG GOSLIN, STANLEY MOORE, SEAN M. MORRISON, TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, ROBERT STEELE, LARRY SUFFREDIN and JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI, Cook County Board of Commissioners
IN MEMORY OF THE HONORABLE JOAN PATRICIA MURPHY, COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, 6TH DISTRICT
WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom called 6th District Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy from our midst on September 18, 2016; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy was born in South Boston, Massachusetts, in 1937; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy graduated from the State Teachers College, Boston (now University of Massachusetts, Boston) and continued to further her education throughout her career by taking continuing education classes and seminars; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy married her husband Donald, a union electrician, in 1959 and the couple had four children: Donald Francis Jr., Patricia Joan, Timothy Brian, and Anthony Michael; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy held several jobs both inside and outside of government including: flight attendant, real estate broker and chief investigator for the Cook County Board of Ethics; and
WHEREAS, in 1965, Commissioner Murphy was elected Clerk of the Village of Crestwood. She was the first woman elected to public office in the village; and
WHEREAS, in 1977, Commissioner Murphy was elected Clerk of Worth Township. She was also the first woman elected to this public office in 128 years of township government; and
WHEREAS, in 1989, Commissioner Murphy was elected Supervisor of Worth Township. She was the first woman elected to this office; and
WHEREAS, in 2002 Commissioner Murphy was elected to the Cook County Board as Commissioner for the 6th District and served in that capacity until her passing; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy served as Chairwoman for the Labor and Asset Management Committees and Vice-Chairwoman of the Business and Economic Development and Zoning & Building Committees of the Cook County Board of Commissioners; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy also served as Forest Preserve District of Cook County Commissioner for the 6th District; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy served as Chairwoman for the Real Estate and Labor Committees and Vice-Chairwoman of the Recreation and Zoological Committees of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board of Commissioners; and
WHEREAS, in 2008 Commissioner Murphy founded the Cook County Partners Against Animal Cruelty. She also served as the Co-Chair of the organization; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy was very active in the National Association of Counties (NACo) for more than fourteen (14) years, serving as the Vice Chairwoman of the Transportation Steering Committee and the Chairwoman of the Ports Subcommittee; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy was instrumental in the formation of Women of NACo (WON). She worked diligently to promote and encourage women to run for elected office; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy participated in a number of community service activities, including but not limited to: South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association, Southwest Conference of Mayors, League of Women Voters, Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau and Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce; and.
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy was deeply involved in politics nationally as well as locally; culminating in her service as a super-delegate for 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy served as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Democratic Counties Officials from 2012 until her passing; and
WHEREAS, Commissioner Murphy was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, her son, Donald Francis Jr, and siblings Robert O’Malley and Eilleen Tomao. She is survived by her mother, Concetta O’Malley, her brother, Michael O’Malley, her daughter, Patricia Joan, her sons, Timothy Brian and Anthony Michael, and her grandchildren Teagan Murphy, Ronan Murphy, Madeline Murphy, Mia Murphy, and Mary Murphy.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Cook County, do extend their deepest condolences and most heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that suitable copies of this Resolution be tendered to the children of Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy as a means of communicating our deep respect and reverence for her commitment to public service and the citizens of Cook County.
RESOLUTION IS MOVED AND SECONDED FOR APPROVAL
RESOLUTION IS READ INTO THE RECORD
LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
COMMISSIONER MURPHY'S STAFF
COOK COUNTY BOARD AND PRESIDENT PRECKWINKLE
COMMISSIONER MURPHY'S FAMILY