Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has named a Boise, Idaho official as the new civilian head of the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability.
Pierce Murphy, Boise’s community ombudsman since 1999, was announced Friday as the director of the SPD office that handles internal investigations of police misconduct.
At a news conference, McGinn praised Murphy as “calm, fair and principled” and a national expert in police accountability.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the City Council.
Murphy would replace Kathryn Olson, who stepped down as OPA director amid criticism and questions over whether she had City Council support to be reappointed for a third, three-year term.