Surrounded by his family and peers, Sean Murphy was sworn-n as the inspector of the Lynbrook Police Department by Mayor Alan Beach during the March 18 village board meeting.
Applause filled the Francis X. Becker Rotunda at Village Hall before Murphy made a speech, during which he recognized Ronald Fleury, the deparment’s former inspector. Fleury had to step down from the position because he is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Murphy also thanked the village board, his family, his peers and LPD Chief Brian Paladino during his speech.
“Thank you to Chief Paladino, who had the faith and confidence in me to promote me to inspector,” Murphy said. “I believe that he and I will make a fantastic team.”
Murphy grew up in Lynbrook and attended Our Lady of Peace School and Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville. He then went to Adelphi University and served as captain of the men’s track and field team before graduating in 2009 with a master’s degree in business finance.
While at Adelphi, Murphy met his future wife, Margaret, whom he married five years ago. The couple has a 5-month-old daughter together. After college, Murphy worked as an information and technology manager for a company in Lynbrook, but he was hired by the LPD in October 2010.
Murphy graduated from the Suffolk County Police Academy in June 2011, finishing with an average of 98. In October 2015, he was promoted to sergeant, and he began training for a supervisor position in March 2018. As a supervisor, he served in roles such as community relations, school resource officer, grant coordinator and crime prevention officer. He has also been an information technology officer for the department, making him responsible for its computer systems.
On Feb. 25, he was promoted to inspector, which became official when Beach swore him in. As inspector, Murphy reports directly to Paladino, who was sworn in as chief last July after the retirement of Joseph Neve. Paladino praised Murphy’s work on the force.
“Sean always knows what he’s talking about,” he said during the meeting. “He researches before he speaks, he thinks before he speaks. I can’t wait to see what we can do together.”
Paladino said when he first met Sean, they responded to a call for a domestic incident and that’s when he knew the kind of officer his peer was. “I remember Sean just sitting there and speaking to this guy — Sean was all of 24 years old — and this guy had faith in him and total believability,” he said.