The March newsletter from the International Ombudsman Institute leads with a letter from its President William Angrick. With his impeding retirement from the position of Iowa Citizens' Aide/Ombudsman, Angrick will become ineligible and will be succeeded by IOI's Vice President, Mats Melin. Melin, the Chief Parliamentary Ombudsman of Sweden, will serve until the next IOI Board meeting in October 2010.
In his report, IOI Secretary General Peter Kostelka summarizes the organization's efforts to connect with other Ombuds groups around the world. Kostelka also notes that IOI's new service-oriented approach has yielded a high number of membership renewals and applications. He credits Angrick for his work on internal reforms at IOI.
The IOI newsletter also provides information about appointments and transitions of Classical Ombudsmen around the world and planned conferences of various Ombuds organizations. (IOI Newsletter.)