Former state Rep. Charley Murphy running health center in Dorchester

December 9, 2013 05:17 PM

By Your Town

Sixteen months after opting against running for re-election to take a private sector health technology job closer to home, former Burlington Rep. Charley Murphy has been hired back in Boston as the newest president and CEO of Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center.

The Dorchester-based health center provides primary care medical services to families and children in Boston, mostly from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan neighborhoods.

Murphy began his new job a week ago Monday, according to Bonnie Brathwaite, chair of the health centerís board of trustees. Murphy could not be reached for comment.

In the summer of 2012, Murphy announced he would be leaving the Legislature after 16 years to take a job as vice president of public policy and government affairs at Arcadia Solutions, a Burlington-based health care information technology consulting company.

Though he began that job in August, he held on to his House seat until his term expired after December and he was replaced by Rep. Ken Gordon.

While in the House, Murphy climbed the ladder as a top lieutenant to House Speaker Robert DeLeo. But after being installed as chairman of Ways and Means in 2009, he rather quickly fell out of favor as DeLeo came to believe he was being undermined by Murphy who was looking ahead to the day when DeLeo would step aside and he could succeed him as speaker.

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