Chris Curtin named the first Common Interest Community Ombudsman for Delaware By Melissa Esham 11/21/2014 In August, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a bill creating an Office of the Common Interest Community Ombudsman as part of the Department of Justice. The Ombudsman will receive and investigate complaints regarding potential violations of the law, regulations or governing documents for condominium and homeowner associations. When the program is finalized, homeowners will have the ability to lodge complaints with the state in regards to happenings within the community association. The Ombudsman will work with an advisory committee. The committee is still being formed. Directors & Officers policies will cover the cost to defend in an administrative hearing. Associations, Boards and managers may want to explore having a written complaint resolution process within the association to help avoid administrative hearings and potential claims. Thanks for reading about this latest position which should benefit homeowners.