|—n , pl -men|
|1.||a commissioner who acts as independent referee between individual citizens and their government or its administration|
|2.||See also Financial Ombudsman Commissioner for Local Administration, Health Service Commissioner, Formal names: Parliamentary Commissioner (in Britain) an official, without power of sanction or mechanism of appeal, who investigates complaints of maladministration by members of the public against national or local government or its servants|
|[C20: from Swedish: commissioner]|
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.