By Toni Stauffer
Dana Murphy is a Phenix City native who graduated from Glenwood High School. She became director Jan. 1 of this year after Rod Powell retired from the position after more than twenty years. She is the first female E-911 director in Russell County.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to be the E-911 director for Russell County,” Murphy said. “I feel like it’s a very important job, and I enjoy the opportunity to help the citizens of Rus-sell County.”
Before becoming the E-911 director, Murphy worked in the E-911 office as the coordinator and before that was the 911 supervisor at the sheriff’s office. She started at the Sheriff’s office part-time in 2007 and moved to the E-911 office on Broad Street in 2015.
Murphy said she didn’t ever think she’d someday be a director when she was working part-time in dispatch. “I worked my way from part-time dispatcher at the age of 19 to full-time dispatcher. After a few years of working Dispatch, I worked my way to Dispatch Supervisor and Pistol Permit Clerk for years at the Russell County Sheriff’s Office,” Murphy said. “In 2015, the E-911 Director Rod Powell asked me to come to work at Russell County E-911. In December of 2018, Rod Powell retired as Director and the E-911 board promoted me to the E-911 Director Position January 2019.”
Murphy is married to Andrew Murphy. They’ve been married almost three years and have a fourteen-month-old little girl named Korbyn.
Murphy said her brother, who is fifteen years older than her and a deputy, inspired her to help others by joining law enforcement.
She briefly explained what the E-911 department does for the community. “Our department does mapping and addressing for the county and the city. We also maintain all the 911 equipment for the sheriff’s department and the Phenix City Police Department.”
When not working, Murphy enjoys spending time with her family, going to the lake, and crafting with her Cricut maker. Murphy also wanted the community to take advantage of the Smart911 program that free to Russell County residents. She said they also have a new web-site at Russell911.com and you can find them on Facebook under Russell County E-911.