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T/DCC Gareth Morgan appointed Deputy Chief Constable


Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Morgan

Today (July 24, 2015) T/DCC Gareth Morgan was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Mr Morgan has extensive experience of policing.  Following a successful career in West Midlands Police, where his experience ranged from BCU commander, leading a major merger project and establishin a Public Protection Department, he was promoted to the post of Chief of Staff to the President of Association of Chief Police Officers.

In July 2012 he took up appointment as Assistant Chief Constable for local policing of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.

The panel was chaired by Acting Chief Constable John Long (the appointing officer) and included PCC Sue Mountstevens, Dr Ros Kennedy, High Sheriff of Bristol, Chief Constable Nick Garagn and Julian Kern, Constabulary Chief Finance Officer and HR Director.

Speaking about the appointment, Acting Chief Constable John Long said: "I'm delighted that we've been able to appoint such an experienced and respected individual into this important post.  During the months Gareth has been temporarily working with the constabulary he has clearly shown a passion and an interest in the lives of our communities and how we can keep them safe.

On the same day, Acting Chief Constable John Long also announced his intention to retire on August 31.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "John Long has served his community well over a long and distinguished career and I’ve enjoyed working alongside him in recent years. With his wisdom, enthusiasm and professionalism he’s lead the organisation through some challenging times and I greatly value the contribution he’s made.

"I’m personally very grateful to him for agreeing to act up as Chief Constable for the past year – we’ve been lucky to have an officer of his calibre at the helm at a crucial time for the Constabulary. While I’m disappointed to be losing such an experienced officer I understand that he feels the time has come for him to move on. John has devoted 31 years of his life to policing and I’m sure our communities will join me in thanking him for everything he’s done and wishing him well in the future.”

Acting Chief Constable John Long said: "Yesterday I told senior managers of my decision to retire at the end of August.  Since taking on the role of Acting Chief Constable many retiring officers have told me of their mixed feelings about leaving the police, and now I understand them.

"I have loved my time at Avon and Somerset Police - it's been a massively and fulfilling part of my policing career - but it's the people i've worked with in the force, the community and partner agencies who have made it so special.  I shall retire with many happy memories but in the full knowledge that I leave behind an incredible group of people who I know will continue to provide an excellent service to the people of Avon and Somerset."

Posted on Friday 24th July 2015
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