Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, has announced that he has started the recruitment process for a new permanent Chief Constable, which includes a confirmatory hearing with the Police and Crime Panel.
Richard Rhodes said, “I am pleased to be starting the search for a permanent new Chief Constable for Cumbria and welcome applications from across the police service. The role of Chief Constable is incredibly important and it is vital that the successful candidate has the correct skills to maintain the good performance that the Constabulary has become recognised for over the years.
“The new Chief Constable will face some challenges especially as the Constabulary still has further financial savings to be made by 2015/16. Despite the financial picture the new Chief Constable will be supported by the strong communities within Cumbria, including dedicated and hard-working officers and staff.
“I expect to be able to give an indication of my preferred candidate by the end of April and this indication will go forward to the Police and Crime Panel for a confirmatory hearing.”
Commenting on the announcement, Temporary Chief Constable Bernard Lawson said, “In September 2012, I was asked specifically to lead Cumbria Constabulary through a particularly unusual period. That task is now drawing to a close.
“I have now made a personal decision to retire in 2014 and allow a new Chief Constable to commit themselves to the long-term future of this great constabulary and the communities it serves.
“I have been highly impressed and proud of the work and effort committed by its officers, PCSOs and staff on a daily basis. I will continue to dedicate myself to my role and ensure a smooth and professional transition occurs.”
It is expected that the new Chief Constable will be in post from 1 August 2014.