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Ombudsman chief to become new chair

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The Local Government Ombudsman’s chief executive and accounting officer is to become the body’s new chair.

Michael King is to replace Dr Jane Martin when her term ends on 10 Jan 2017.

Michael King

Michael King

Michael King

Mr King’s appointment has been endorsed by the communities and local government committee following a hearing on Tuesday.

Since 2008, departmental select committees have had a formal role in the appointment process of some designated public posts which fall under the remit of their respective government departments.

Mr King has been chief executive officer and accounting officer of the Local Government Ombudsman and the Commission for Local Administration in England since 2015 having worked as executive director since 2012. He has also been the deputy local government ombudsman for the regional office for the North of England and the Midlands. Between 1989 and 2004 Mr King worked for Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, and Northumberland CC.

The Local Government Ombudsman investigates complaints from members of the public about local authority functions and services and provides advice and guidance on good administrative practices and how to improve local service delivery.

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