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UPDATE: City Narrows Search for New Ombudsman

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UPDATE

City officials have narrowed their search for a new part-time Boise Community Ombudsman from a field of 32 candidates to six. Those remaining candidates are currently going through the interview process. Meanwhile, current interim Ombudsman Dennis Dunne has gone on vacation, and is set to return to Boise in July as a part-time investigator for the ombuds' office.

When Dunne returns, city spokesman Vince Trimboli said the search for Dunne's replacement as ombudsman should be complete.

"The goal is to have that ombudsman position filled by the end of May," he said.

Trimboli said that in the interim there is still a full-time investigator in the ombuds' office who will investigate citizen complaints and conduct other ombuds-related business.

ORIGINAL POST Feb. 26, 2015

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Readers of this week's edition of Boise Weekly learned that Boise Mayor Dave Bieter's office is considering reducing community oversight of the Boise Police Department to a part-time job. 

This morning, the city confirmed that the job would be downsized from full- to part-time in a press release announcing the city's search for a new "Community Ombudsperson."

"It's important that the ombudsperson remain a robust part of our law enforcement effort," Bieter stated in the release. 

That may, however, prove to be difficult. For the past 18 months, Interim Ombudsman Dennis Dunne has performed his responsibilities on a part-time basis, investigating "critical incidents" involving Boise police officers, making policy recommendations, compiling reports for the Boise City Council and fielding complaints against law enforcement. Dunne told Boise Weekly that working 19 hours per week has not allowed him to engage in community outreach, which "lessens the effect of the office."

"That's not being done because at 19 hours a week, I don't have the opportunity to do those things," Dunne said.

He said that limited outreach has decreased the visibility of the ombudsman's office, possibly reducing the number of complaints, appeals and other community contacts. Meanwhile, the city indicated that the current configuration of the office—consisting of a part-time ombudsman and full-time investigator—has been successful enough to make permanent. Bieter praised the office for being partly responsible for "the strong community relationships at the heart of our police department's successful community policing philosophy." 

See related PDF Read the city's press release here.
Applicants to the position must have at least seven years of legal, law enforcement or human resources experience. They should also be able to pass a background check including references, criminal history, credit history, driving records and education verification. The salary range is $35,214-$52,832 per year.

They may send a cover letter and resume to HR@cityofboise.org on or before Friday, March 6. For a complete description of the position, check out the job post website.