Dr Michael Maguire has been confirmed as Northern Ireland’s new Police Ombudsman.
Al Hutchinson stepped down from the role in January after criticism of the performance of his office, which holds the police service to account.
In 2011, three independent reports were highly critical of the work being carried out by the ombudsman’s office.
Mr Ford said the consultation outlined the potential for “significant changes” to the office’s law and governance.
Dr Maguire has worked at Criminal Justice Inspection since 2008.
Before that, he was a partner in a consulting firm, and he has been involved in strategic and organisational reviews across the public sector.
He was chairman of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland between 2004 and 2006.
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