Dick Murphy was born in Dallas, grew up in Kentucky, received his B.A. from DePauw University in Indiana, and his M.B.A. from Rutgers in New Jersey. Returning to Dallas in 1960, Dick became a Certified Public Accountant, and in 1973, part owner and president of a small life insurance company, retiring in 2002.
Dick and Nancy Murphy moved to Kaufman County in 1973. With three children who were active in the Scurry-Rosser FFA, they have been ardent supporters of county-wide youth activities for over 30 years. Dick has been president of the School Board, a Director of The Kaufman County Junior Livestock Association, and the Municipal Judge for the City of Cottonwood. He and Nancy were among the founders of Country Bible Church and Nancy is the proprietor of the Tea Room on the square in Kaufman.
As Tax Assessor-Collector, Dick’s primary goal has been to ease the pain of tax payment and other dealings with the Tax Office. His accomplishments include arranging for tax payments by Debit/Credit cards via phone, internet or over the counter, expanding the Forney branch operations and the consolidation of Federal, State, County, School and City elections. His remaining primary goal is to improve the electronic communications between the Appraisal District and the Tax Office. Although both offices now use the same software vender, numerous communication problems are in process of being resolved.