Neil Rhodes is the new permanent Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police almost ten months after his suspension over an unproven misconduct allegation.
The appointment was confirmed today by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel members after Mr Rhodes was put forward for the £131,000 per year role by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Alan Hardwick.
Both men were grilled for more than an hour by panel members on Friday before meeting in private to decide on whether to approve Mr Rhodes’s appointment which comes into effect immediately.
On hearing the news, Mr Rhodes said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed as Chief (Constable) and I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my career making Lincolnshire Police and the service we deliver the very best I possibly can.
“I agree that 2013 has been a difficult year but that’s very much behind me now and I am determined to build a strong and productive working relationship with the PCC and his staff.”
Mr Rhodes was the only candidate to apply for the post which puts him in charge of about 1,100 officers and a budget of about £114 million.