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Reports: Seattle Police Watchdog Pierce Murphy 'On His Way Out'


  • Seattle Office of Professional Accountability
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Former Boise Police Ombudsman Pierce Murphy's tenure as Seattle's top cop watchdog may be coming to an end. 

In a major shake-up, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said July 1 he will not reappoint Murphy to a second three-year term after the latter official ran into the buzz saw better known as the Seattle police union.

Murphy was the target of repeated criticism from Seattle Police Officers' Guild President Ron Smith.

In January, the SPOG, representing 1,300 officers, posted a blog that called Murphy "a wolf in sheep's clothing," adding the hashtag: #sendhimbacktoBoise.

Murphy brushed off the criticism, telling Seattle alt weekly The Stranger, "They're entitled to their opinion. I'm doing my job the best I can. I expect there to be disagreements and always hope that those disagreements will be professional and all of us will be oriented toward the ultimate goal, which is complete accountability and transparency."

On July 1, The Stranger's Ansel Herz reported "SPOG is beside itself with joy" after hearing Murphy won't be reappointed.

Only a week ago, SPOG had some choice words for Murphy when he announced he was planning to investigate a police shooting in Seattle's Central District that left a man in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Seattle's mayor said he's inclined to open the police oversight position to a national search and invited Murphy to re-apply for his job.