Mayor Dave Bieter surprised no one with the selection Monday of Bill Bones to succeed Mike Masterson as chief of the Boise Police Department. The appointment must be approved by the City Council, but it is a sure deal.
Masterson, whose last day is January 29 pretty much groomed Bones to fill the post, appointing him as deputy chief and leaving Bones in charge of the department when he was out of town.
Bill Bones was hired as an officer in 1992. For the last three years, he’s served as deputy chief to Mike Masterson, who is retiring at the end of January.
“We look forward to continuing the working relationship with Chief Bones which we enjoyed under Masterson. We anticipate he will continue to exercise Masterson’s philosophy,” said Police union president Guy Bourgeau of the appointment.
The city of Boise hired Masterson in 2004, when confidence in city government was in a tailspin. A rash of officer-involved shootings in the late 1990s led to complaints that the force was out of control.
A community ombudsman was hired to investigate public complaints about Boise police officers. That post has been vacant for more than a year, but GUARDIAN sources at City Hall say a woman has been selected to fill the post, but no announcement has been made.
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