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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Interviews soon for Cumbria chief constable job

Interviews will be held in the coming weeks for the job of Cumbria’s chief constable.

Bernard Lawson  photo
Bernard Lawson

County crime commissioner Richard Rhodes will quiz those wishing to replace Bernard Lawson, who has held the role on a temporary basis for 18 months.

The closing date for applications to be the county’s most senior police officer has now passed and an interview panel headed by Mr Rhodes will meet candidates face-to-face after the CVs have been sifted.

The successful applicant will get a five-year contract and a salary of up to £145,000 a year.

A spokeswoman for the commissioner’s office told the News & Star: “Last week was the closing date for applications for chief constable.

“We will now be moving forward to the next stage with interviews to be held.”

The county’s police and crime panel, which scrutinises the work of Mr Rhodes, will also have to confirm the appointment at a hearing.

“The successful candidate will be appointed from August 1,” added the spokeswoman.

The new appointment should bring an end to top-level upheaval that has seen a trio of officers take the role in the last three years.

Mr Lawson, the current police chief, retires at the end of July.

He was brought in from Merseyside Police to replace the previous temporary chief, Stuart Hyde, when he was suspended from duty.

Mr Hyde took on the top role after succeeding Craig Mackey, who left after landing the job of deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in January 2012.

The commissioner has advertised for “an exceptional individual” to lead the force.

“Cumbria faces challenging times and we seek an individual who will provide stability while embracing change and the opportunities it brings,” he has said.

An advertisement for the job says the officer taking it must be “equipped to generate trust and confidence” among the public and staff.

The commissioner has publicly thanked Mr Lawson.

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