Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is set to announce his appointment of the director of the Office of Police Oversight.
The announcement will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 24, at the third floor of Boise City Hall, where Bieter will be accompanied by the new director and Boise Police Chief Bill Bones. The Boise City Council will consider the appointment during its Tuesday, July 28, noon meeting.
The Office of Police Oversight fields citizen complaints against the Boise Police Department, conducts reviews of internal affairs investigations, makes policy recommendations regarding police and produces annual reports for use by city policymakers.
Recently, the Office of the Community Ombudsman was redubbed the Office of Police Oversight, and its directorship reduced to a part-time position. For the last two years, the executive position in the ombuds' office has been vacant. That had some in the Boise community worried.
"I've expressed concerns with the fact that this is an incredibly important position that serves the community, and it's still incredible that after two years we haven't placed someone permanently," said ACLU-Idaho Interim Executive Director Leo Morales. "It's important for the city to move as fast as possible to make sure we have someone permanent there."
The new director will have a full plate when he or she assumes responsibility for OPO: An investigative report has yet to be filed by the OPO in the case of Michael Casper, who was killed in an officer-related shooting in February; and last week, Boise Police Officers conducted an operation at the Park Hill apartment complex in which police raided the wrong apartment.