AN administrator renowned for promoting managerial efficiency and productivity has been chosen to become the police force's top civil servant amid growing signs of a new wave of police reform. The Legal Aid Department's policy and administration co-ordinator, Andrew Leung Kin-pong, will start work on October 1. Mr Leung, 48, will replace the police administrative officer, Martin Lewis, who steps down two years ahead of time in a departure certain to result in the revival of bureaucratic changes tipped in a consultant's review of force policy and procedures. Mr Lewis had strongly resisted many of these reforms. It is believed he was persuaded to consider his future because of a reluctance to embrace modern management techniques. His unhappiness at the direction of many police initiatives came dramatically to a head last year when consultant Coopers and Lybrand suggested his job be abolished in a plan for a new command structure. This recommendation was rejected by government officials, eager to maintain a critical bridge of communication with the force. However, Mr Lewis, 55, a former deputy secretary in the Planning, Environment and Lands Branch, apparently reacted angrily to the consultants, putting an end to further co-operative initiatives. He was not able to be contacted for comment. When discussing his new appointment, Mr Leung - who effectively attains the rank of deputy commissioner - said he had already taken the chance to become acquainted with the police portfolio. He said reforming the police would prove a challenge. Mr Leung - a former director of industry, a counsellor in Hong Kong affairs in Brussels in the mid-1980s and a graduate from the Harvard Business School's senior executive programme - admitted he wanted first to 'get his teeth into' the consultant's report. 'It is too early to say yet what will happen, but I would hope I get a bit of time to get my feet on the ground,' he said. 'Of course, that report will be one of my most important . . . priorities.' Mr Leung's appointment caps a host of senior hierarchy moves in the past six months - mostly of local officers - and creates a more conducive atmosphere for reform of the police bureaucracy. As one government source said: 'We still have far too many police driving desks and pushing paper. 'Streamlining the paper chase is one area in which reforms have been somewhat slow to take shape and we will be watching with interest in the next few months to see how far the reforms can be taken.' The Government is next month expected to finalise its review of police study team reports on all aspects of law enforcement. Despite being impressed overall with the quality of the reports, administration officials remain upset by the fact less than 10 per cent of the 27,000-strong organisation is walking the beat.