Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes has been cleared over misconduct allegations concerning his involvement in an employment dispute.
An independent inquiry set up by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick after Mr Rhodes’ suspension in February found no proof that he had acted improperly in helping a former employee of West Yorkshire Police pursue a claim of racial discrimination.
It was alleged that Mr Rhodes, who was reinstated just before Easter after a judicial review ruled that his suspension was “perverse,” knew the claim by Ajaz Hussain was false while acting in his role as a Chief Police Officers Staff Association official.
But a report published on Thursday by Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy, who headed the enquiry, said Mr Rhodes “acted from the best of motives” and that the misconduct allegation should be withdrawn.
“As the investigating officer who interviewed Mr Rhodes for three hours, I can only say that I had complete confidence that he acted from the best of motives to protect not only the interests of Mr Hussain but to try and achieve a reasonable compromise,” the report said.
In a statement, Mr Rhodes said: “I am naturally delighted that I have been completely exonerated in relation to all aspects of the conduct allegation.
“I have sought over the last six months to maintain a dignified silence, safe in the knowledge that I knew there was never any substance to the spurious allegation.”
In response to the report, Mr Hardwick said: “I am pleased that we are able to bring what has been an unwanted and unwelcome distraction for the Chief Constable and me to a conclusion.
“I look forward to continuing our successful working relationship.”