Mike Murphy


Commissioner, Whatcom County PUD
Ferndale, Wash                                                    

Elected in 1998, Commissioner Murphy currently serves as Vice President.  Murphy is the District’s representative and member of the Board of Directors for the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA) and several of their other committees on the state level.​

A lifelong resident of Whatcom County, Mike and his wife raised four children and now enjoy spending time with their nine grandchildren.  Murphy decided to run for PUD Commissioner in 1998, when he could no longer take his children to the locations and streams where he played or swam as a child. Seeking an explanation from the cities and county for why the streams no longer fluently flowed, but could not find an answer, he decided something needed to be done to further protect our valuable resources.

Commissioner Murphy has served as a volunteer fire fighter, EMT, and fire commissioner over for 35 years.  He retired from the Ferndale School District as the Director of Facilities and Transportation after 26 years.

As retired, he has more time to be involved in PUD activities.  In his time as Commissioner, the PUD went from serving Cherry Point as its primary business customers to working with the industries to find ways to conserve on water and energy.

Locally, Mike attends the Watershed Improvement Districts (WID) meetings to listen, learn and suggest ways on how the PUD can support farmers and their water needs.  He also attends WRIA-1 Watershed Management Board and Planning Unit meetings, and small cities meetings, to offer input and solutions on how the PUD can help local water purveyors and similar agencies.  Murphy continues to be active in water related issues from helping farmers, to energy and conservation, drought planning, and fish and habitat restoration projects.

As Commissioner, Murphy is proud of the many PUD accomplishments over the years:

Pilot Program – Technical Assistance for Group A Water Systems by a grant from the Department of Health;

Supporting agricultural waste solutions by the use anaerobic digesters and a cutting-edge filtration system to produce clean water;

Assisting with water systems consolidation projects and solutions – to help solve matters such water rights issues or nitrate contamination, with feasibility studies and/or constructing infrastructure such as interties.

Strategic planning efforts to meet future challenges and opportunities.​


 Board of Director since 2021