Readers who detected it got a chilling confirmation of their suspicions in the December 13 column by ombudsman Clark Hoyt.
He not only favors New Jersey's civil-unions law, but argued that it should be backed with an ombudsman to enforce it.
“If you look at the new media players, not one of them has an ombudsman,” she notes.
1959, from Swedish ombudsman, literally "commission man" (specifically in reference to the office of justitieombudsmannen, which hears and investigates complaints by individuals against abuses of the state); cognate with Old Norse umboðsmaðr, from umboð "commission" (from um- "around," see ambi-, + boð "command," see bid (v.)) + maðr "man" (see man (n.)).
An official appointed by a government or other organization to investigate complaints against people in authority. This position is designed to give those with less power — the “little people” — a voice in the operation of large organizations.