Judge Edmund Murphy was sworn in June 10 at a public ceremony at the Pierce County Courthouse. A reception followed.
On May 11, Governor Chris Gregoire announced the appointment of Edmund Murphy to Pierce County Superior Court, Department 9. Judge Murphy was officially sworn in on Mon., May 17.
Judge Murphy leaves the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office after 26 years of service. Judge Murphy became a deputy prosecuting attorney in 1984 where he prosecuted cases ranging from Class C felonies to aggravated murder cases. Judge Murphy served as felony division chief for five years. Judge Murphy held several supervisory roles with the Prosecutor’s Office that include Juvenile Division chief, Misdemeanor Division chief, Drug Trial Team supervisor and supervisor of the Robbery/Assault Trial Team. While with the Prosecutor’s Office, he helped to establish Pierce County’s Drug Court. Most recently, he worked in the Civil Division of the Prosecutor’s Office, where he was one of the attorneys that advised the Public Works Department.
In 2005, Judge Murphy was presented the Civility Award by the Honorable Robert J. Bryan Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Outside the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Murphy has been an active volunteer in his community serving as school commission chair at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School since 2005. Murphy has also been a volunteer judge for the University Place Youth Court.
Judge Murphy earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington before attending the University of Puget Sound, School of Law.