Local State Trooper earns promotion

Trooper Bill-webPulaski County-based Senior Trooper Bill Murphy has been promoted to the rank of sergeant and will assume his new duties in the Salem Division May 10.

Murphy will be supervising the department’s field operations in Division VI, Area 40, which includes the counties of Montgomery, Roanoke, Craig and Floyd.  His promotion comes after serving for over 30 years in the law enforcement profession.

Murphy began his law enforcement career as a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy in 1982. He served with the sheriff’s office until being hired by Virginia State Police in 1998.

Upon graduation from the State Police Academy, he was initially assigned to the Lexington State Police Office. He transferred to Montgomery County in 2001 then requested and received a transfer to Division IV, Area 24, in Pulaski County in 2004.

According to First Sgt. Mike Honaker, Murphy is highly respected throughout Virginia for his expertise in criminal investigation and crash reconstruction.

“I have known Bill for many years, he was a deputy sheriff when I came to Pulaski County as a young trooper fresh out of the State Police Academy in 1989,” said Honaker. “It has been a tremendous honor to work with him throughout the years. Bill is among the most intelligent, competent and dependable people with whom I’ve had the privilege to serve and all of us in Area 24 wish him well in his new assignment and with his new responsibilities.”

Murphy resides in Radford with his wife, Becky.




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