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PCC announces preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable


Chief Constable Andy Marsh

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has announced that Andy Marsh is her preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

The appointment which is subject to a confirmation hearing by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel follows a rigorous two-day selection process held on December 8-9.

Sue Mountstevens and an appointments panel considered four applicants following two-days of assessment which included candidates meeting representatives of the Police and Crime Panel, the Commissioner’s Independent Resident’s Panel, key stakeholders and staff associations, as well as carrying out presentations and psychometric tests.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Andy is a highly experienced Chief Constable and has extensive experience of policing with much of his career in Avon and Somerset.

“As the Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary, Andy has implemented transformation and change projects and delivered savings and improved performance. He is also the national lead for a number of areas of policing including IT procurement and body-worn video cameras. As well as bringing excellent leadership skills from his chief officer roles in Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, he also has operational and detective experience and has previously been an area commander in South Bristol and East Somerset.

“It’s no secret that there are tough times ahead for policing with continuing budget pressures combined with a changing landscape and new demands. I’m confident that Andy is the person to lead Avon and Somerset and work with me to build safer, stronger communities and ensure the people of Avon and Somerset have the very best police service.

“I would like to thank Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Morgan for acting up during this time.”

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “I’m thrilled to be the preferred candidate for Avon and Somerset Constabulary, a police force I joined in 1987 for which I was proud to serve and gain valuable policing experience in a range of different roles.

“Avon and Somerset is a good police force, I will work tirelessly with officers, staff and volunteers of the Constabulary to deliver excellent policing services to the communities within which my family and I live.”

Sue Mountstevens proposed appointment of Andy Marsh will be considered at a Police and Crime Panel meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015 at Weston-super-Mare Town Hall.

The appointments panel included Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens, Wiltshire PCC Angus Macpherson, former Deputy Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary John Long, Chief Executive of Mendip District Council Stuart Brown and Carolyn Dhanraj, an experienced independent member from the College of Policing accredited list for appointments.

Andy Marsh biography (courtesy of Hampshire Constabulary)

More information on the Police and Crime Panel role: 

Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for appointing chief constables. Following the decision, the Commissioner must then inform the Police and Crime Panel of the preferred candidate.

That panel must consider the appointment within three weeks and hold a public confirmation hearing for panel members to question the preferred candidate.

The panel must then give its view on whether or not the candidate should be appointed. The panel has the power to veto the Commissioner’s choice, but this can only be done if two thirds of the panel agree.

More information on the confirmation process is available here


Posted on Thursday 10th December 2015
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