Karen Watson was appointed to the Town Council in 2010 and was elected to her first full term in 2013. She is a graduate of Murphy High School and Western Carolina University, graduating from the latter in 1976 with a BS in Education. Mrs. Watson taught physical education at both Murphy Elementary and Murphy High School for just over 30 years, coaching both basketball (13 years) and volleyball (21 years.) She and her husband have lived inside the city limits for over 22 years.