City of Corpus Christi Announces New Leadership for Water Utilities

Mike Murphy Selected as the Chief Operating Officer

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Today, Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo and City Manager Peter Zanoni announced Mike Murphy as the new Chief Operating Officer for the City of Corpus Christi's Water Utilities.

In this new role, Murphy will designate and lead the strategic direction of the department to identify and develop new programs, initiatives, and activities for all employees of Water Utilities. He is also responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day business operations, planning, delivery, management, and continuous improvement of all aspects within the utility. 

Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Murphy is a proud, native Texan with his bachelor's and master's degree from Texas Tech University.

Murphy most recently served sixteen years as the director of public works for the City of Greenville, South Carolina.  He comes equipped with a strong engineering background, extensive experience in municipal government, and a successful record of project initiation and completion.

"On behalf of the City of Corpus Christi and the City Council, I wish to extend a warm welcome to the new Chief Operating Officer for Water Utilities, Mike Murphy. Our City staff is tasked with selecting leaders whose values are in direct alignment with our City's values and goals. We believe the best person to bring into our team has been selected for those very reasons," said Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo.

"I am excited to take on this bigger, more challenging role," Murphy said. "I take pride that I'm a member of this community, and I'm proud to be part of this special team. I'm dedicated to customer service and giving our employees the recognition they deserve."

The Corpus Christi Water Utilities mission is to provide clean and quality water and wastewater services that respect our environment and our customers can depend on.

Media representatives can contact Public Relations Specialist Shelby Coppedge at 361-826-2214 or by email at  You can also find updates on Water Utilities' social media channels on Facebook @CCTXWater and on Twitter @CCTXWater.

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy, COO Water Utilities