At tonight’s Nampa City Council meeting, Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling announced Dr. Peter McPherson, Ph.D. as the new Chief Operating Officer for the City of Nampa. McPherson replaces Chief of Staff Rick Hogaboam who has accepted a position as the Director of Constituent Services for Canyon County.
“Rick’s work as Chief of Staff for nearly four years has been invaluable. He is an incredible asset to any organization of which he is a part and Canyon County will benefit from his many skills,” said Mayor Kling. “Peter’s professional experience and background in government organizations is a perfect match for this position and believe his knowledge and passion will benefit the City of Nampa.”
Dr. McPherson served as the Chief of Staff and Chief Deputy in the Idaho State Department of Education from 2018-2023 and was the Superintendent and Director of Federal Programs in the Challis Joint School District from 2014-2018. McPherson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and Master’s Degree in Leadership and Administration from Walla Walla University. He has a Specialist Degree and Ph.D. in Leadership and Management from Northwest Nazarene University. McPherson and his family have lived in Nampa for 15 years.
McPherson said, “I am honored to join Mayor Kling’s administrative team. Nampa has always held a special place in my heart. 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 shared, “I’ve enjoyed my time with the City of Nampa as a previous member of the Nampa City Council and then for the last almost four years as Mayor Kling’s Chief of Staff. I have been impressed time and time again by the dedicated public servants who exercise their talents and gifts in service to our city, especially during a time of rapid growth and increasing demands. As I depart my post for a new assignment with Canyon County, I will take with me fond memories of my time with Nampa. I want to thank Mayor Kling for the opportunity to have served in her office, for our team in the Mayor’s office for their partnership in our mission to serve the city, to the Nampa City Council for their dedication, and to all the employees within the City of Nampa.” Hogaboam’s last day with the City of Nampa will be October 6.