For the past 30 years, Robert Murray has worked, volunteered and raised a family in Largo.
Now, Murray will help lead the city as a new interim city commissioner.
Murray, who is a senior flight mechanic for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, was sworn into the position during Tuesday night's commission meeting. He will take the place of former vice mayor Andy Guyette, who announced last month he was leaving for a job in Huntsville, Ala.
Murray will serve the remainder of Guyette's term, which ends November 11, 2008.
As a senior flight mechanic, Murray oversees the management and maintenance of the Pinellas Sheriff's Office's five helicopters and three airplanes. He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, where he earned a bachelor of science in professional aeronautics and a master of aeronautical science with a specialty in management.
Murray is an online adjunct assistant professor and an adjunct assistant professor at Embry-Riddle's Tampa Center. He is currently working toward a doctorate in business administration from Northcentral University in Prescott, Ariz.
Throughout his three decades in Largo, Murray has been involved in a variety of community and governmental organizations and has regularly attended City Commission meetings for the past three years.
He has served as chairman and co-chairman of the finance advisory board for the past two years, and has been a member of the Pinellas Advisory Committee since August 2006. He has also served on the city's neighborhood advisory and charter review committees.
Murray's work in the Tampa Bay area has won him a Distinguished Service Award for Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in 2007 and an Outstanding Faculty Award at Embry-Riddle Tampa Center in 2004.
Murray was one of seven residents who submitted applications for the commission. The others were John Atanasio; Milagros (Millie) M. Cortez; Joseph Falanga; Charles F. Graul Jr.; Robert P. Hunsicker; and Jerome (Jerry) E. Mullarkey.
Mayor Pat Gerard encouraged the applicants to look into other board openings. She also recommended they go through the Largo Citizens Academy, which begins in September. Murray participated in the academy from October 2005 to December 2005.
"It's a good education as to the inner-workings of the city," Gerard said.