Applications have opened for the £150,000 job of new chief constable of
the Sussex Police.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has opened recruitment for the next chief constable who will take up leadership of the service.
The position opened up after former chief constable Martin Richards retired in February – with the position currently being occupied by temporary
chief constable Giles York.
The new chief constable is expected to be announced in June.
Mrs Bourne said: “I care passionately about Sussex and the people and communities living within the county, which is why I am looking for a candidate who is highly motivated and who acts with the utmost professionalism and integrity.
“I want to ensure that residents have access to the best possible policing services when they need them.
“Policing has changing and I am looking for a chief constable who will be innovative and bold in their approach to deliver an effective service that
reflects the priorities within my Police and Crime Plan.
“The successful candidate will be a strong leader with the ability to develop new partnerships, strengthen existing ones and engage with a resident
population of more than 1.5 million people.”
Deadline for applications is May 2 and shortlisting will take place on May 7.
Mrs Bourne said the ideal candidate would be “bold their delivery of policing” and have the “highest standard of professionalism and integrity”.
Along with the £150,000 salary the new chief will also receive a relocation package.
Mrs Bourne said that she hopes the new chief will lead the police force into the future.
Last week the force announced that they were recruiting for a new assistant chief constable – with an annual wage packet of £95,000 plus expenses.
The force, which plans to shut numerous stations and needs to save millions, advertised the post on its website as a replacement for Assistant
Chief Constable Robin Merrett, who recently retired.
The successful candidate would be the second highest ranking officer in Sussex.
Sussex Police recruits for the assistant chief constable, while chief constable is appointed by the police and crime commissioner.
Describing the possible candidate the force said the person needed to be “dynamic”, have “exceptional business acumen”, and “a high degree of
sensitivity to the concerns of the public."
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