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PCC selects next Chief Constable for Police and Crime Panel confirmation


Nick Gargan

Following a rigorous and open process the Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens advised by an appointments panel has decided to propose Nick Gargan as the next Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

The Commissioners' proposal will be considered at the Police and Crime Panel meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at North Somerset Council’s Castlewood Office, Clevedon.

Speaking after the announcement Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted to propose Nick Gargan as the next Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset.

“Nick is an experienced chief officer who has been working on a national level as Chief Constable and Chief Executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency. He has been involved in the Ministerial High Level Working Group on Value for Money, and was the Association of Chief Police Officers Lead on investigations as well as holding roles with Thames Valley and Leicestershire Constabulary.

“There was a strong field of candidates and the appointments panel had a difficult job. I would like to publicly thank all the candidates for their interest and the panel for giving up their time to be part of this important process.

“We will both meet the Police and Crime Panel on Wednesday and they will have the opportunity to see that Nick is an experienced leader and committed to giving the people of Avon and Somerset an excellent policing service.”

Nick Gargan said: “I am proud to take up the position of Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset Constabulary, subject to the confirmation hearing. This is an exciting opportunity for me to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. Together we will continue the force’s improvements in reducing crime and increasing victim satisfaction.

“My experience from the National Policing Improvement Agency and previous roles in Thames Valley and Leicestershire will enable me to make a real difference to the communities of Avon and Somerset. I look forward to leading the very committed and dedicated police officers and staff within Avon and Somerset Constabulary.”

46-year old Nick Gargan will take up his role on March 1, subject to the confirmation hearing. Deputy Chief Constable Rob Beckley will act up as Chief Constable on an interim basis from January 27 until Mr Gargan’s appointment takes effect.

Mr Gargan was chosen following two days of intensive selection where candidates met members of the Police and Crime Panel, carried out presentations and psychometric tests.

The appointments panel was made up of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens, South-west Chief Crown Prosecutor Barry Hughes, independent HR expert Susan Lee (previously an accredited independent Public Appointments Assessor), former District Commander and Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Livings and PCC Chief Executive John Smith.

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Posted on Saturday 12th January 2013
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