State public safety chief headed to Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - The director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety has taken the public safety job in Montgomery.

Mayor Todd Strange has tapped Col. Chris Murphy to fill the long-vacant role that includes oversight of three of the city's public safety departments.

The hire comes as a surprise since Strange shook up Montgomery's organizational structure after he took office in March 2009, and the position was not part of the city's new organizational chart.

Murphy, a former U.S. Secret Service agent, will receive a starting salary of about $130,000 - significantly more than his currently state salary of $91,013. He says he took the Montgomery position because his current appointment will likely expire once a new governor is sworn in next year.

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