Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner backing Neil Rhodes for chief constable job

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.
Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.
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Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick will propose to the Police and Crime Panel that Neil Rhodes is formally appointed as Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, it was announced yesterday (Monday).

Mr Hardwick, who became the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner a year ago this month, suspended Mr Rhodes in January for allegedly mishandling the employment tribunal of a lawyer from another force.

Mr Rhodes was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing in an independent inquiry.

Mr Rhodes, who is the temporary chief constable of the force, was the only person to apply for the role.

Mr Hardwick said: “The selection panel members were unanimous in the view that Mr Rhodes has the required skills to lead Lincolnshire Police over the coming years and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”

The Police and Crime Panel will review Mr Hardwick’s proposal and hold a public confirmation hearing on December 6 before making a recommendation on the appointment of Mr Rhodes.