11/29/2013 11:38 EST | Updated 01/29/2014 05:59 EST

Nova Scotia's ombudsman announces retirement after nearly 10 years on the job

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's ombudsman is retiring after nearly a decade on the job.

Dwight Bishop will leave his position as of Dec. 31.

Premier Stephen McNeil says Bishop was a dedicated ombudsman who served Nova Scotians well during his term.

Bishop, a lawyer and a former commanding officer for the RCMP in Nova Scotia, was appointed to the office in 2004 and again in 2009.

Earlier this week, he released his annual report calling for more funding and staff, saying vulnerable people would be better served if his office's services were broadened.