New chief to be hired this week
THE next chief constable of Humberside Police could be announced this week.
Police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove is interviewing three candidates for the £139,119-a-year role tomorrow.
He is expected to announce his choice later this week.
Mr Grove said: "We have three excellent and outstanding candidates, so I know we will get a first-class chief constable.
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"We will have to see who is the best person on the day."
Two men and one woman are on the shortlist. If the woman was hired, she would become the first female chief officer ever employed by Humberside Police.
All three are currently chief constables or deputy chief constables in other police forces.
Each will give a presentation and face questions from Mr Grove and a panel of four people during the interviews.
Mr Grove said: "The enormity of the responsibility of this one decision is not lost on me.
"This is the most important decision I will make during my three-and-a-half years as commissioner.
"The three candidates are already senior officers so we will have to differentiate between the best of the best. It is quite a challenge and a responsibility.
"I will be very careful in making my choice. I am fortunate to have a good panel of four independent people to assist me.
"I plan to make a decision about who I want to employ on the day and I hope to announce my decision on Wednesday.
"I want to tell the candidates my decision first and give them time to tell their families.
Mr Grove's chosen candidate will have to be approved by the police and crime panel, who can veto his choice.
The confirmation hearing, when the panel will question Mr Grove and the candidate, is expected to take place in mid-February.
The successful candidate will replace the outgoing chief Tim Hollis, who retires in March.
Mr Grove said: "He has been a truly outstanding chief constable. He is a very hard act to follow.
"There are few people who would disagree with that.
"The whole area owes him a considerable debt of gratitude."