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Originally published Friday, April 26, 2013 at 2:36 PM

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Seattle hires new police oversight director

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has announced the hiring of a new police oversight director.

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SEATTLE —

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has announced the hiring of a new police oversight director.

The hiring of Pierce Murphy to lead the Office of Professional Accountability was announced Friday. The office is responsible for investigating police misconduct. Murphy was one of eight finalists for the post.

Murphy's arrival comes at a time the Seattle Police Department faces a court-overseen monitoring plan to address the use of force by officers. The department has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department that requires an overhaul of supervision, training and reporting of uses of force.

McGinn says Murphy will help implement a long-term plan to restore public trust in the police.

The City Council will have to approve Murphy's appointment.

Murphy previously served as the city of Boise's Community Ombudsman.

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