Clive Grunshaw’s appointment of Andy Rhodes as the next Chief Constable of Lancashire has been confirmed by the Police and Crime Panel for Lancashire.
The panel, which is made up of Councillors from across Lancashire and co-opted independent members, met earlier in the week to consider the process undertaken by the Commissioner in deciding to appoint Mr Rhodes who is currently Deputy Chief Constable for the force.
They also had the chance to ask the Chief Constable elect questions about the role and the future of Lancashire Police under his leadership.
He described the job as “my dream role” and his appointment as the greatest achievement of his career.
Asked about his experience outside Lancashire, Mr Rhodes said his role with the National Police Chiefs Council and peer reviewing other forces meant his experience stretched beyond Lancashire.
The move makes way for the appointment of a new Deputy Chief Constable and the role has been advertised nationally today by the Constabulary.
An additional role of Assistant Chief Constable is also being advertised as ACC Mark Bates has announced he is also to retire this summer.
Mr Rhodes will take over from retiring Chief Constable Steve Finnigan who is the longest serving Chief in the country.
The Commissioner said he was delighted with the appointment and was looking forward to working with the new chief to deliver the new police and crime plan.
He said: “Andy brings a wealth of experience to the role. Lancashire is consistently one of the highest performing police forces in the country and I am confident the new Chief Constable will continue to maintain that position.
“It’s an honour and a privilege as Police and Crime Commissioner to be able to appoint the Chief Constable and it is one of the biggest decisions I will make.”
Mr Rhodes began his policing career in Lancashire in 1991, rising to Divisional Commander for East in 2006 and has served as Assistant Chief Constable before being appointed Deputy in 2014.
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