Seoul police chief tapped for top police post: sources

SEOUL, August 6 (Yonhap) -- Seoul's police chief has been nominated to take over the nation's top police post, sources said Wednesday.

Kang Sin-myeong, who currently heads the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, has been nominated to succeed Lee Sung-han as the National Police Agency (NPA) commissioner, they said.

It is likely that the seven-member National Police Commission will recommend Kang as the single candidate for the post to President Park Geun-hye through the home affairs ministry after holding a hearing later in the day, the police sources said.

The president will then officially appoint the new police chief. Kang's nomination is technically subject to a parliamentary confirmation hearing, though the National Assembly cannot reject the nomination.

The former NPA chief offered to step down on Tuesday for a delay in identifying the body of the fugitive shipping tycoon partly blamed for April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.

The police came under public criticism for their botched investigation of Yoo Byung-eun, a 73-year-old billionaire whose family owns Sewol operator Chonghaejin Marine Co.

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