Peter McPherson, PhD, was named as Nampa’s new chief operating officer at the city council meeting on Oct. 2.
At the meeting, Mayor Debbie Kling announced that McPherson would be the new COO, replacing Rick Hogaboam, who accepted a position with Canyon County.
McPherson comes from an extensive educational background, having been the chief of staff and chief deputy at the Idaho State Department of Education most recently for about five years. Before that, he was the superintendent and director of federal programs for four years at the Chalis Joint School District.
“Peter’s professional experience and background in government organizations is a perfect match for this position and I believe his knowledge and passion will benefit the City of Namp,” Kling said at the meeting.
The newly appointed COO also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a master’s degree in leadership and administration from Walla Walla University. He holds a specialist degree and PhD in leadership and management from Northwest Nazarene University.
“I am honored to join Mayor Kling’s administrative team. Nampa has always held a special place in my heart,” McPherson said. “In 1988, my parents, brothers and I moved to Nampa. Since that time, I have always considered Nampa to be home. To be able to give back and serve the City of Nampa is very special. I look forward to supporting and assisting Mayor Kling and the talented employees of the City of Nampa as we continue to grow and make our city a wonderful place to live.”
Hogaboam stated that he has been impressed “time and time again” by city staff’s efforts during a time of growth and increased demands. His last day with the City of Nampa will be Oct. 6.
“Rick’s work as Chief of Staff for nearly four years has been invaluable,” Kling said. “He is an incredible asset to any organization of which he is a part and Canyon County will benefit from his many skills.”