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Marie Anderson recommended to be next police ombudsman

Marie Anderson.
Marie Anderson.

The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman Marie Anderson has been recommended to be appointed as the new Police Ombudsman by Karen Bradley.

Mrs Anderson will take over from Dr Michael Maguire after he completes his seven-year tenure in July 2019.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley, announcing her recommendation, said: “My absolute priority is to see the restoration of the Executive at the earliest opportunity.

“In the interim my responsibility is to ensure good governance and stable public services in the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland.

“In the absence of an Executive, it is vital that we ensure stability and continuity for this important public appointment. My intention is to recommend the appointment of Marie Anderson to the role of Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.”

The appointment is subject to the completion of the formalities of the appointment process.

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Ombudsman: Dr Michael Maguire

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton said: “I welcome the appointment of Marie Anderson who brings a wealth of experience to the role. I recognise the importance of the role of the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the public confidence that the independent investigation of complaints against police carried out by the office can bring.

“It is an essential part of the mechanisms by which the PSNI can be held to account and I am confident PSNI will engage positively with the new Police Ombudsman in the future.”

Mrs Anderson is currently Northern Ireland’s Public Services Ombudsman, where she has been in post since 1 April 2016.

She will step down from this position on taking up office as Police Ombudsman. She also holds two other statutory offices – Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards and Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman.

She has previously held a number of other high profile public service positions including the Deputy Northern Ireland Ombudsman and the Assistant Information Commissioner for Northern Ireland.

The annual salary for the Police Ombudsman is currently £134,841.

The Police Ombudsman investigates complaints about the police in Northern Ireland.

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