New Chief Constable sought for Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones has confirmed today that he has advertised internationally in the search for a replacement for retiring Chief Constable Neil Rhodes. Mr Rhodes recently notified the Police and Crime Commissioner of his intention to retire in February 2017 after 31 years’ service.
Mr Jones said that he would be open to receiving applications for the position of Chief Constable from the best candidates for Lincolnshire regardless of whether they come from near or far. “The regulations allow us to advertise internationally for a leader prior to this but the regulations allow us to advertise in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for a Chief Constable replacement so we will be promoting the vacancy in those areas as well as the United Kingdom,” he said.
“Neil Rhodes has led the Force since 2012 and has been an outstanding leader for Lincolnshire Police as well as a significant figure in regional and national policing. He has fought tirelessly for a sustainable financial deal for the Force and will, I know, be enthusiastic and committed right to the day he finishes. We are looking for a similarly committed individual – inspirational, innovative and decisive - who will share my passion and vision to make Lincolnshire safer and more prosperous,” he said.
“I am looking for an effective, approachable leader who will be responsive to the diverse needs inside the organisation and across Lincolnshire,” said Mr Jones. “Lincolnshire Police perform exceptionally well in national terms with a crime rate amongst the lowest in the country but there is always more to do. It is an exciting challenge for the right person and with Lincolnshire being one of the most beautiful counties in the United Kingdom, I’m sure that we will be an attractive choice in many ways.”
Chief Constable Neil Rhodes will not do interviews about his planned retirement until early February.