Government official appointed to investigate citizen's complaints against government officials, large public and private corporations, and/or print and broadcast media. While, in general, ombudsmen have wide investigative powers, they have only a few punitive powers.

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  • After the local resident filed a scathing complaint against the city, an ombudsman hurriedly arrived to review the case, and begin their investigation.

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  • I registered my complaints about my homeowner's insurance company with the local ombudsman to see if I could obtain a resolution to our dispute.

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  • The government sent an ombudsman to investigate the townspeople's toxic chemical complaints, but many doubted that he would be a fair and objective judge of what was happening.

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