The GUARDIAN has long considered the Boise Office of Police Oversight (Ombudsman) as a representative of the citizens and an “insurance policy.” You hope you don’t need it, but glad it is there.
After a series of “critical incidents” resulting in the death of a police officer and numerous suspects, the ombudsman office was established so we had an independent observer looking into incidents.
There have been fewer incidents which caused Mayor Dave Bieter to change the job description and reduce the office to a part time director–Natalie Camacho Mendoza.
Last week the GUARDIAN revealed she had been appointed interim City Attorney and questioned how she could fairly represent the city (and the police) while supposedly representing the public at the same time.
The IDAHO PRESS published a story which pretty much indicated she had left the oversight post and Cliff Ohler was the interim oversight guy.
Through a public records search the GUARDIAN has obtained documents which clearly show Mendoza has doubled her salary as acting city attorney and still supervises the police oversight office.
Mendoza memo detailing her supervisory role:DOUBLE DUTY
Promotion memo showing continued role as police oversight director:DoubleDuty2
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