Dean M. Gottehrer

Dean Gottehrer consults nationally and internationally about government ombudsmen. He wrote the Ombudsman Legislative Reference Document, an occasional paper published by the International Ombudsman Institute based on a study of more than 130 laws creating ombudsman offices. Dean is the author of Essential Characteristics of a Classical Ombudsman and Fundamental Elements of An Effective Ombudsman Institution.

A former regional director of the Anchorage office for the State of Alaska Ombudsman, Gottehrer has consulted about various aspects of ombudsman institutions for the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United States State Department in more than 25 countries in Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Asia and Africa.

Gottehrer is a past president and lifetime honorary member of the United States Ombudsman Association. In Juneau, Alaska, he worked as special assistant and legislative liaison for the state’s commissioner of administration and as aide to a state representative. He taught newspaper and magazine journalism along with mass communication law at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for twelve years. Before moving to Alaska, he edited for Psychology Today and wrote for classroom periodicals such as Current Events. He served in the Peace Corps in Medellín, Colombia, and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University.