In an effort to ensure the continued representation of our vibrant community, Murphy Town Council has officially filled a vacant Town Council position. On September 5, 2023, Cindy Chastain was appointed to serve on Murphy Town Council, and will be officially sworn into office on Monday, October 2, 2023.
The vacancy arose when Town Council member Barbara Hughes announced her resignation from the council in June of this year. According to North Carolina General Statutes 160A-63, municipalities are instructed to fill such vacancies by an appointment made by the sitting Town Council members, serving until the end of the vacated term.
Cindy Chastain, a lifelong resident of Cherokee County and a proud member of the Murphy community for the past 24 years, is a welcome addition to the Town Council. She brings with her a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to the betterment of our town.
With a career spanning over 30 years with the NC Cooperative Extension, Cindy has dedicated her professional life to serving her community. Alongside her husband Johnny, she has raised two adult children and is the proud grandmother of four grandchildren.
Cindy's motivation to serve on Murphy Town Council stems from her deep-rooted connection to this community and a sincere desire to advocate for the needs and concerns of its residents. She envisions a Murphy that fosters unity, promotes community events, and ensures that the voices of all residents are heard.
Throughout her career and personal life, Cindy has been actively involved in community clubs, Extension and Community Associations, 4-H Clubs, Master Gardener Volunteers, County Fair committees, and the Murphy Business Association's downtown Christmas celebration.
Cindy Chastain's vision for Murphy includes maintaining a pedestrian-friendly downtown, striking a balance between vehicular mobility and pedestrian accessibility. She is committed to enhancing local amenities, promoting cultural events, and creating spaces that bring people together, especially projects involving youth.
One of Cindy's strengths lies in her ability to collaborate with neighboring communities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, ensuring that the interests of our town are well-represented.
Looking to the future, Cindy Chastain recognizes that change is inevitable, but with the right vision and dedication, town leaders can create a legacy that future generations will inherit with pride. Her aspiration is to contribute to the development of a prosperous, sustainable, and vibrant Murphy where all residents, young and old, can proudly call home.
Mayor Tim Radford expressed his confidence in the council's selection of Cindy Chastain, stating, "Cindy is a highly respected member of our community, and I have no doubt that she will make a valuable and dedicated addition to Murphy Town Council. Her passion for our town and her deep roots here make her an ideal candidate to serve our community. I look forward to Cindy's contributions to our town and to the positive impact she will undoubtedly have on the continued growth and prosperity of Murphy."