The 80-year-old retired judge David Patten will replace the Police Minister as head of the NSW Crime Commission's management committee which oversees its investigations.
Last year, Mr Patten chaired the special commission of inquiry into the Crime Commission which recommended someone with independent standing should replace the police minister to chair the management committee.
The three-year appointment will give Mr Patten oversight of the commission's investigations, including their scope.
Mr Patten's appointment follows that of Peter Hastings, QC, 68, to the position of Crime Commissioner.
The Crime Commission has faced controversy over the conviction of its former assistant director, Mark Standen, for drug importation.
A spokesman for NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher said Mr Patten would develop guidelines for how the commission will operate, including how it can be more effective in recovering cash and other proceeds of crime.
"Given that David Patten conducted the review into the Crime Commission, he is significantly qualified to fulfil such an important role to the functioning of the Crime Commission," the spokesman said.
Mr Patten is deputy president of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal and chaired the inquiry in 2008 into the conviction of Phuong Ngo for the murder of MP John Newman. He has been judge of the District Court and an acting Supreme Court judge.
He started work as a solicitor in 1956 after graduating with a law degree from the University of Sydney.
Other members of the Crime Commission's management committee include Mr Hastings, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and the chief executive of the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services.
The role of the management committee is integral to the functioning of the Crime Commission. It refers matters to the commission for investigation and creates task forces.
Anna Patty is Workplace Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a former Education Editor, State Political Reporter and Health Reporter. Her reports on inequity in schools funding led to the Gonski reforms and won her national awards. Her coverage of health exposed unnecessary patient deaths at Campbelltown Hospital and led to judicial and parliamentary inquiries. At The Times of London, she exposed flaws in international medical trials.
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