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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Search to start for Cumbria's new deputy chief constable

Cumbria police is poised to launch a recruitment drive to fill the post currently taken by the county’s chief constable-in-waiting.

Jerry Graham photo
Jerry Graham

Jerry Graham, 50, will become the top officer at the force in August – but the move will leave vacant his current role of deputy chief constable.

A police spokeswoman said: “Recruitment for the position of deputy chief constable will begin in the near future.”

Mr Graham’s promotion to chief constable will be his second move up the ranks within a year after only taking the deputy job in January. When this position was advertised last year it was said to come with a £110,000-a-year salary.

Confirmation of Mr Graham’s appointment as chief constable came after he was quizzed in a public meeting by Cumbria’s police and crime panel, which scrutinises the work of county crime commissioner Richard Rhodes.

Mr Rhodes had earlier named Mr Graham as his preferred candidate.

Mr Graham said he considered it “an absolute privilege to be given the opportunity to be chief constable of Cumbria,” adding he regarded it as “the best job in British policing”.

The new appointment brings to an end two years of rapid change at the top of the force. Bernard Lawson, who has held the role of chief constable on a temporary basis for 20 months, retires at the end of July.

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

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.

Mr Graham will be given a five-year contract as chief constable and a salary of between £118,000 and £144,000 a year.

Assistant chief constable Michelle Skeer is the other current member of the force’s senior management team, working alongside Mr Graham and Mr Lawson.

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