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Kim tapped as new police commissioner

President Lee Myung-bak designated Kim Ki-yong, the country’s deputy police chief, as new commissioner general of the National Police Commission yesterday. He will succeed Cho Hyun-oh, who stepped down last week to take responsibility for mishandling a recent female murder case in Suwon, Gyeonggi.

The seven-member National Police Commission held a meeting yesterday and agreed to select Kim as a single candidate and recommend him as Korea’s new police commissioner general to President Lee.

Kim, 55, is from Jecheon, North Chungcheong. After taking the general education development test to pass high school, he entered the Korea National Open University and passed the civil service exam in 1986. He worked for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, currently the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, until being specially employed in 1992 as chief superintendent of the police. It is the first time that a figure from North Chungcheong has been named as top police chief.

“Designee Kim has a reputation for being sincere in his duty,” said Blue House spokesman Park Jeong-ha.

The nomination is subject to a parliamentary confirmation hearing.

Kim’s designation comes as Cho resigned last Monday to take responsibility for the police’s inability to save a kidnapped victim who called for help before being murdered by a Korean-Chinese man. Her body was found 13 hours after she called for help. Cho publicly apologized for the investigative agency’s poor handling of the case.


By Lee Eun-joo [angie@joongang.co.kr]

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