BOISE — Mayor David Bieter has reduced a stack of 38 applications for the job of Boise's next community ombudsman to two, city spokesman Adam Park said Thursday.
Bieter has been interviewing applicants, looking for the right person, Park said Thursday. That process could be complete and a new ombudsman named within the next few weeks, Park said.
"But it's all contingent on finding that person," Park said. "And we won't know that until the interviews are done."
Boise hasn't had a permanent ombudsman since its first one, Pierce Murphy, left in July to take a similar job in Seattle. Dennis Dunne, who began working in the office in 2005, has served as interim ombudsman in Murphy's absence.
Once Bieter appoints a new ombudsman, the City Council must confirm it.