‘Best and the Brightest’ intern program underway at City Hall

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Murphy Robinson made the jump from the police department to the city managers office as part of a prestigious internship program. Robinson is one of seven individuals to receive a full-time paid internship as part of the University of Colorado at Denver’s the Best and the Brightest program. 


After working as a police officer for the past six years — the last 2 ½  years with the Brighton Police Department — Robinson sought the next step in his career. He said he met his goal of becoming a police officer but always wanted to do more. 

“I wanted to do more as far as management, affecting people, leading and using my other skills that I have that I wasn’t necessarily able to utilize as a patrol officer.”

Prior to his enrollment in the program, Robinson met with City Manager Manuel Esquibel who gave him a number of tasks to complete. His final task was to get enter into a masters program and go back to school. 

As part of his masters program, Robinson will spend the next two years training to become a city manager during the week and attending school on the weekends. He will complete special assignments from Esquibel, shadow each of the city’s departments and complete any projects department heads might assign. 

Since starting the internship in January, has been immersing himself in all the job entails — city council meetings, late nights and attending meetings across the Denver Metro area. He said he’s excited to be working with the “movers and shakers of the City of Brighton” and wants to understand the complexities of how city government and how the city of Brighton works. 

“It was a huge decision to go from policing to administration, and while there was no hesitation on my part, I wondered how much I would miss policing,” he said. “I can truly say that I’m exactly where I need to be. While I do miss some aspects of the police world, I love what I’m doing, I love the people I’m working with and I  really realize how blessed I am to be where I’m at.” 


Contact Staff Writer Crystal Nelson via email at cnelson@metrowestnewspapers.com.