Meet the Mayor

Mayor Tim Radforc


Tim Radford ran for his first political office and was elected as Mayor of Murphy in November 2021. Mayor Radford is quick to explain that he does not consider the position of Mayor a political position, rather, one of community service. He loves helping people and solving problems.

Radford grew up in Murphy and is proud to serve his hometown as its Mayor. He graduated from Murphy High School in 1991, then went on to pursue a Radio/TV/Motion Pictures education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While away at college, Radford worked for Capitol Broadcasting Company as producer of the Duke Radio Network and the American Speed Association Radio Network. He also dabbled in broadcast engineering at the network.

Mayor Radford has owned WKRK in Murphy since 1995. WKRK is the station he worked for in high school. He is Past President of Rotary Club of Murphy, Public Image Chair for Rotary District 7670 and served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC and North Carolina Community Foundation. In 2019, he was honored to be chosen as Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce's "Citizen of the Year."

He now serves as a Commissioner with the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and on the Board of Directors for the NC Mayors Association, Southwestern Commission Council of Governments, Association of Tennessee Valley Governments, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, and Murphy Main Street.

To contact Mayor Radford, please call 828-837-2510 or send email