The City of Boise’s longtime ombudsman is officially off the job. Tuesday was Pierce Murphy’s last day. He was recently hired to serve in a similar capacity in Seattle.
Murphy joined the City of Boise in 1999, soon after the creation of the ombudsman role to help oversee the police department.
A series of events involving the Boise Police Department in the mid 1990s – including several officer-involved shootings – had eroded public trust in police. Today, Murphy says residents and city leaders have a much better relationship with the BPD.