President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday nominated Constitutional Court scholar Kim Jin-wook as the head of the country's new high-profile anti-corruption agency.
He was among two candidates recommended by a committee to lead the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials.
Announcing the final candidate, the Blue House said it hopes the next procedures are carried out as stipulated by law.
"President Moon said that the recommendation came after long discussions at the National Assembly, calling for parliamentary cooperation to smoothly hold the hearing as stipulated by law so that the anti-corruption agency can launch swiftly."
The top office cited Kim's extensive legal experience and ability.
It added that it expects Kim to maintain the agency's political neutrality and carry out investigations in a way that respects human rights.
Kim will have a confirmation hearing at the National Assembly within 30 days.
If confirmed, he will be the first head of the CIO, a body tasked with investigating corruption among senior government officials.
The launch of CIO is one of the key components of President Moon's pledge to reform the country's powerful institutions such as the state prosecution service, which has often been accused of abusing its power to prosecute as well as investigate cases.
The CIO will be made up of one chief, who will serve for up to 3 years, one Deputy-head, 25 prosecutors, 40 investigators, and 7 recommendation committee members.
Now as the President has picked the inaugural CIO head, the agency could be launched next month.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.