Two longtime County executives who began their government careers in the same year at the same department will retire in February: John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy and Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Susan Novak.
Alan Murphy began his career with the County in 1983 as an Accountant I in the Auditor-Controller’s office. He became an Executive Assistant to Supervisor Thomas F. Riley in 1985, and moved to John Wayne Airport (JWA) as the Chief of Special Projects in 1986. He was named Director of JWA in 2000. During his tenure at the Airport, Murphy was directly involved in the management and oversight of multiple projects and initiatives, including: construction and operation of one of the first in-line baggage screening systems in the country (as a result of 9/11); the 2003 and 2014 extensions of the Settlement Agreement (and associated environmental reviews); construction of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal (Terminals A and B – opening in 1990 – and Terminal C – opening in 2011), including Orange County’s first US Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Services area; and growth from roughly 4 million annual passengers in 1986 to a high of 9.9 million annual passengers in 2007. Continue reading