About OPA Director Pierce Murphy
The Director of the OPA is Pierce Murphy, a civilian who was appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council on July 1, 2013.
The Director oversees the intake, classification, and investigation of complaints, certifies investigative findings, and makes recommendations on disposition and discipline to the Chief of Police.The OPA Director also reports to the Mayor and the City Council on OPA activity, issues concerning the professional standards of the Department.
Previously, Pierce spent over 14 years as the Community Ombudsman for the City of Boise in Idaho. As Boise's first ombudsman, Pierce created Idaho's first and only civilian oversight of law enforcement agency. In 1972 he began working in law enforcement in both civilian and sworn positions. After receiving his baccalaureate and master degrees, Pierce started a successful career in human resource management and consulting. Pierce has been active professionally in the field of civilian oversight of law enforcement and has advised cities and counties across the United States on this topic.
Mr. Murphy has been the OPA Director in Seattle since July 1, 2013.
He is a past president and former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) and frequent speaker at their annual training conference. Pierce has always been an active volunteer in his community and a proud member of Rotary since 1988.
- Santa Clara University - Bachelor of Science in Commerce - 1978
- Gonzaga University - Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - 1984
- Loyola University of New Orleans - Master of Pastoral Studies - 2000