City of Milwaukee Health Department
Press Release

Milwaukee Health Commissioner Names Two Senior Team Members


By - Mar 24th, 2021 10:50 am
Bailey Murph. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Health Department.

Bailey Murph.

Milwaukee Health Department Commissioner Kirsten Johnson named two people to top positions, rounding out her senior management team. Bailey Murph will serve at Deputy Commissioner of Policy, Innovation & Engagement and Myra Edwards will assume the role of Chief of Staff.

“We have important work ahead of us at the Milwaukee Health Department, and Bailey Murph and Myra Edwards will be key leaders in achieving our goals,” Commissioner Johnson said. “Both of these individuals add perspective, experience, and knowledge to our efforts.”

Deputy Commissioner Murph comes to the Milwaukee Health Department from the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department where she was Director of Health Strategy.  She has experience in a range of public health issues in the region and in the city.  Murph holds a Masters of Public Health degree from UWM’s Zilber School of Public Health she is an alumna of the Graduate Education Diversity Internship of the American Evaluation Association.

In her new role, Murph will play a key role in developing public health policy, using data to inform decision making, elevating the Department’s community presence, and building capacity within the Department.

Myra Edwards. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Health Department.

Myra Edwards. 

Chief of Staff Myra Edwards joins the Health Department from the Office of Mayor Tom Barrett where she served as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor starting in 2007. Three years ago she took on additional duties as the office’s Council Liaison Officer.  Edwards has led efforts on the Mayor’s Earn & Learn Program which provides work experience for Milwaukee young people.  Before coming to City Hall, she held management positions at Milwaukee Public Schools.

Edwards earned a graduate degree in organizational management.  Throughout her career, Edwards has worked to improve the lives of the disenfranchised individuals and has prioritized making progress on poverty issues, race and gender equity, and youth development.

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