Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy is Avondale’s new Director of Development and Engineering Services.

The City of Avondale hired Kevin Murphy as its new Director of  Development and Engineering Services (DES). Murphy joins the city on Jan. 6, filling a vacancy left by former DES Director, Tracy Stevens, who was recently promoted to Deputy City Manager.

Murphy’s public sector experience spans more than 30 years, including 11 years as Public Works director for Lake Havasu City, where he managed a department of 158 and oversaw a multi-million dollar budget for a variety of capital and infrastructure  projects. During the last 11 years, he has managed a civil engineering office that primarily provided engineering for public works related projects. 

Murphy holds a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico.

“Kevin joins Avondale at a time of tremendous growth. With so many capital projects in the pipeline, as well as new development, coming to the city, Kevin’s experience will be invaluable in leading the team of professionals in the Development and Engineering Services Department,” said Avondale City Manager Charles Montoya.  

The Department of Development and Engineering Services is responsible for land use planning, zoning, transportation, transit, sustainability, engineering plan review, capital improvement projects, code enforcement, building permits and inspections.   For more information visit or call 623-333-4000.