PHILADELPHIA – Today, Mayor Cherelle L. Parker announced the permanent appointment of Sharolyn Murphy to serve as Risk Manager for the City of Philadelphia. Murphy has been serving as the City’s Interim Risk Manager since May 2024, when the previous Risk Manager Barry Scott retired after 30 years with the City.

“Sharolyn Murphy has proven her competency and dedication to the city with years of experience in our Law department, and I am excited to appoint her as the city’s permanent Risk Manager,” said Mayor Cherelle L. Parker. “Our nationwide search proved that the best candidate for the job was right in our backyard, with a seasoned public servant whose work will mitigate risk for the city and by extension for its citizens.”

Murphy, a Senior Attorney in the Law Department, previously served as Risk Management Counsel and Employee Disability Manager for the Office of Risk Management. In 2021, she was part of a Risk Management Team that won a Teddy Award, which is given by the Risk and Insurance industry to one Risk Management Office in the country for “excellence in workers’ compensation and injury prevention, commitment to continuous improvement and best in class injured worker care.”

With a strong background in claims management, workers’ compensation law, contract management, strategic planning, and safety and loss prevention, Murphy is prepared to advance the successful initiatives of her predecessor and bring fresh ideas and innovative solutions to the Office of Risk Management. Murphy is passionate about keeping Philadelphians safe and works tirelessly to prevent injuries.

As Risk Manager Murphy will head the City’s Office of Risk Management, which oversees the City’s insurance and other risk exposure issues.

Sharolyn Murphy now permanently serves as the Risk Manager for the City’s Office of Risk Management under the Parker Administration. Murphy served as the interim Risk Manager starting in May 2024 and previously served as Risk Management Counsel and Employee Disability Manager for the Office of Risk Management.

The Office of Risk Management analyzes the City’s insurance and other risk exposure issues, including managing claims, workers’ compensation, and service-connected disabilities. They also provide safety and loss prevention programs.