Times: Seattle Mayoral Candidate Questions Hiring of Boise's Pierce Murphy


The Seattle Times reported Friday that Boise Community Ombudsman Pierce Murphy has been picked to do the same work in Seattle. Murphy was introduced Friday by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn during a news conference.

"What I need to do first and really foremost is a lot of very intense listening," Murphy told Seattle media on Friday.

But not every Seattle official is over the moon regarding Murphy's transfer.

"I just don't know if being an ombudsman in Boise, Idaho, if he has that kind of experience," Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell told the Times. In particular Harrell "questioned Murphy's experience," according to the Times, "saying the Seattle OPA [Office of Professional Accountability] director needs to have the credibility with diverse community groups as well as the police."

Harrell told the Times that he pledged to keep an"open mind" during the upcoming confirmation hearings, but "added there were candidates who were qualified and familiar with the city."

"I'm never convinced we have to go out of state to find talent," said Harrell.

But Harrell has been questioning more than a few of McGinn's decisions of late: Harrell is challenging the Seattle mayor in this year's election.