Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Boise FACES Justice Center Renamed After Outgoing Prosecuting Attorney

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

click to enlarge Outgoing Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Bower - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Outgoing Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Bower
Greg Bower has worked with the Ada County Prosecutor's Office for nearly 40 years, and has served as the Ada County prosecutor since 1982. Now that he has announced his retirement—his replacement is incoming Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts—he's getting a building named after him.

To be precise, the FACES Family Justice Center, where victims of violence and abuse may deliver witness testimony, receive police services and obtain counseling, is being renamed the Greg H. Bower Family Justice Center in the outgoing prosecutor's honor. Bower had been instrumental in arranging funding, infrastructure and police cooperation throughout the history of the center, which opened in 2006.

"Everybody comes into this space and gets along," he said, comparing FACES' spirit of cooperation to the "blue helmet" camaraderie of the United Nations. "We work in a territorial business, and we abandon that territory here."

Referencing the upcoming retirement of Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson, Bower told the crowd of approximately 70 city and county officials, FACES staff and the press that the two outgoing public servants have left victims services in Idaho in better shape than they found them. 

"The legacy that we leave behind is a legacy of congeniality and cooperation," he said.

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