Boise seems generally happy to have had ombudsman Pierce Murphy for the past decade. Murphy was brought to Spokane to discuss his job as the city was formulating how to create its position.
One key difference in Spokane’s set-up is that the longest the ombudsman can serve is six years. He/she would be appointed to a three-year term with the possibility of a second term. If that were the case in Boise, Murphy would’ve already been replaced with a less experienced person.
I’d imagine it takes a few years just to get the lay of the land and get comfortable in the job. I wonder if it limits the quality of the candidates if the city can only guarantee three years of employment.
Do you think the ombudsman job should have term limits?