Rhodes on road to being chief

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Lincolnshire PCC Alan Hardwick has backed Temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes’ bid to take the job permanently – despite suspending him earlier this year.

Mr Rhodes, who has been Chief Constable since March 2012, was the only applicant for the £131,000-a-year job but his appointment still has to be confirmed by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel.

A public confirmation hearing is to be held on December 6 after Mr Hardwick proposed that Mr Rhodes should be formally appointed Chief Constable on Monday.

They have continued working together since Mr Hardwick suspended Mr Rhodes in February over a misconduct allegation but it was quashed by a High Court judge a month later.

Mr Rhodes was finally cleared after an investigation led by Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy was completed in August.