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Christopher J. Murphy Bio

Christopher Murphy was appointed Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the Governor's Highway Safety Representative by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in August 2005. Chris has been with the OTS for more than 23 years, serving in more positions than anyone in the office's 43 year history.  He is responsible for administering the California Traffic Safety Program, which includes preparing an annual comprehensive highway traffic safety plan to reduce victims killed and injured in traffic crashes and publishing an Annual Performance Report that details the accomplishments and progress of the California Traffic Safety Program.

Chris Murphy is also the immediate past Chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association, the nonprofit association representing the highway safety program managers of the states and territories. The Association plays a key role in the development of national highway safety policy.

Murphy is a member of the Governor's Alcohol Policy Council, California Older Driver Task Force, California Illegal Street Racing Task Force, the AASHTO Highway Transportation Safety Committee on Safety Management and is co-Leader of California's Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

Within his role, Chris Murphy oversees the day-to-day operations of the Office, and is responsible for the administration, distribution and management of more than $70 million in traffic safety grants on an annual basis. As Director, Chris is also responsible for setting the department’s annual strategic goals that include working collaboratively with the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and other departments to extend reach of programs and promote new leadership. He is proactively looking to address and resolve emerging traffic safety trends and issues, building winning partnerships with private sector entities, funding evidenced-based programs, and evaluating and improving policies and procedures by applying future-oriented concepts of technology and management.