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After 31 years in policing Mr Skelly announced he will step down from his role on December 18th this year.

  • Last Updated: 18-06-2020 at 10:06

CHIEF Constable Bill Skelly has been thanked for his service to the people of Lincolnshire after it was announced he will retire later this year.

Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said it had been an “honour and privilege” to have appointed and worked with the Chief.

After 31 years in policing Mr Skelly announced he will step down from his role on December 18th this year.

Mr Jones said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to have appointed and then worked with Chief Constable Skelly in our joint aim of keeping the communities of Lincolnshire safe.

“Bill has left Lincolnshire Police a very different Force to the one he joined in 2017 and it’s no exaggeration to say that his mark will be felt for years to come.

“He cares passionately for the welfare of those in his charge and has always strived to improve the wellbeing of officers and staff alike, something he can be rightly proud of.

“We have, on several occasions, shared a public platform to listen to the concerns of residents and I know just how hard Chief Skelly worked to address their issues. I would also like to thank Bill for the support I received in delivering the local public priorities highlighted in my police and crime plan.

“It falls to me as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire to appoint Bill’s successor and this process will start in the coming weeks.

“It is a huge honour and responsibility to appoint the next Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police and I am confident that with Lincolnshire being such an incredible place to live and the Force being is such good shape that I will have no problem whatsoever in finding an outstanding candidate.”

Born on the east coast of Scotland, Mr Skelly joined Lincolnshire Police from Devon and Cornwall and since taking up his role with the force has been living with his wife Jane close to Police HQ in Nettleham.   On retirement he intends spending some more time with his two adult daughters and wider family once he hands over the force reins.

Through his policing career he has held many rewarding positions including leading the Immigration Crime Team at New Scotland Yard and being appointed in 2008 by Her Majesty the Queen as her Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland.

““I am absolutely delighted to be finishing a wonderful career at the very top of policing, here in Lincolnshire.   It has made me and my family immensely happy to be amongst such warm and supporting people who welcomed us from the very first day,” said Mr Skelly.

“I joined this force with an intention to look after my staff and to provide the public of Lincolnshire with the best possible service by making sure our resources were placed in the right place at the right time,” he said.

“I have also tried my best to persuade government that it needed to provide more funding for the people of Lincolnshire to give them the police service they deserve.   I hope that Government might hear this and deliver more funding in the months and years ahead.

“PCC Marc Jones has been a consistent and vocal supporter of improving the funding position and I know that he will continue to do so with my successor.”

Details of the procedure to recruit the next Chief Constable will be announced in due course.