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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham’s new health Director is scheduled to start today, Monday, January 23.

William Murphy has been the Director of Public Health in Sudbury since September 2014. Prior to that, he was the health agent for the Town of Wayland for three years from September 2011-2014. He also previously served as the “Assistant Director of Public Health in the Towns of Wellesley and Weston between 1994 and 1997.

Framingham City Council unanimously approved Mayor Charlie Sisitsky’s pick for health director.

His starting salary is $145,000, according to the City’s HR Director.

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The job was posted with a salary range of $107,597 to $146,524 in September of 2022.

In March of 2021, the job was posted with a salary range of $105,500 to $130,000.

When Sam Wong resigned in December of 2020, his salary was $124,448.

The City of Framingham has been without a Health Director since October, when former director Alex DePalo submitted her resignation. She was hired as the new director of a food pantry in Concord/Maynard.

“My career in environmental/public health along with environmental engineering has contributed to developing a professional analytical approach to understanding systems and formulating responses to improved health and well-bring,” wrote Murphy in his application to the City.

“Appropriate environmental health responses will be necessary as we understand emerging science and data driven information. Addressing health disparities and inequities must be integral to all environmental health responses,” wrote Murphy in his application. “My professional career has prepared me to address comprehensive public and environmental health issues, many in crisis situations.”

Murphy has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental/Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has a Masters of Science in Ecology from Lesley University.

The City’s Public Health nurse retired in 2021. She has not been replaced yet.

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