Riverton Police Chief announces pending retirement for medical reasons

Riverton Police Chief Eric Murphy

Saturday morning, February 1st, Riverton Chief of Police Eric Murphy took to Facebook to announce that he is seeking medical retirement. Murphy said he suffered a stroke in September and shared that, while his health hasn’t been a secret, he hasn’t made a public statement about it until now.

His stated reason for the public announcement Saturday is that an unnamed media outlet is “going to run a story.”


As of 9am on Saturday, 77 comments showing support and encouragement had been left on Murphy’s public post. Murphy closed his post with a request for prayers and good feelings about his 23 year career.

“I received retirement paperwork this week to see if I qualify for a medical retirement. I would appreciate everyone’s prayers for me and my family as we go through this process. I have had the most amazing career as Police Officer over the last 23 years and I feel So blessed to have been able to do it for as long as I have. I love all of you and appreciate your continued support. Thank you.”

The full statement via Facebook is below. County 10 will provide updates as more information becomes available.