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Robert Murphy appointed to Director of Office of Employment and Training

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(WBNG) -- Broome County Executive Jason Garner announced Tuesday morning that Robert Murphy will take over as the new director of the Office of Employment and Training.

"Having the energy, being able to work with so many different people, those are the assets and qualities that make a really successful workforce development director," Garnar said, "Bob has all of them."

Murphy's appointment coming less than two weeks after he was removed by Binghamton Mayor Rich David from his previous post as the Director of Economic Development for the city.

Murphy told 12 News his removal was based around assistance he gave a hemp company having difficulty setting up a wire transfer.

"I made a command decision to run it through the BLDC housekeeping account which is the unrestricted account," Murphy said.

This decision, Murphy says, alerted auditors.

"This gentleman did not feel comfortable sending [a wire transfer] to a hemp business," Murphy said. "We tracked the money in, we tracked the money out, except it was viewed differently by the auditors ."

In a press release to 12 News, Mayor David explained Murphy violated the BLDC policy by issuing a payment without the Board of Directors' authorization or knowledge.

This prompted the mayor to remove Murphy from his position back on November 20.

In an official press release from the city of Binghamton, Mayor David said:

"While I believe Mr. Murphy's intentions were sincere and no BLDC funds were involved, this co-mingling of funds was an unacceptable financial practice. The action also represents a clear conflict of interest."

The conflict of interest being Murphy provided assistance to a relative in the wiring of funds.

Murphy accepting the reality of the situation.

"I understand the reasons why he did that ,' Murphy said. "I take responsibility for my decisions and I move on from there."

As to that conflict of interest, Murphy knows he must gain back the trust of Broome County residents.

"What I would continue to bring is the enthusiasm and the willingness to work hard for the people which I think is every public employee's job," Murphy said.

12 News reached out to the Mayor's Office, who said they are standing by their decision to move on from Murphy.

Office officials said there will be a final audit report in the coming weeks, detailing why Murphy was removed.

Cal Dymowski

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