PCC Stephen Bett is pleased to announce that, following an open recruitment process, Deputy Chief Constable Simon Bailey has been selected as his preferred choice of Chief Constable for Norfolk. Mr Bailey’s nomination will now be referred to the Police and Crime Panel for confirmation at their meeting on 25 October 2013.
Stephen said, “I am delighted to nominate Simon Bailey as my preferred candidate as Chief Constable. He has proved himself to be highly competent in all his ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) roles to date. I am confident that Simon is the right person to take the Norfolk Constabulary forward in these challenging times.
“He is an excellent leader and I will look to him to ensure that Norfolk remains an exemplary force driving through efficiencies and economies whilst keeping us in good shape for the future and maintaining the county as one of the safest counties in England. I hope that the Police & Crime Panel will endorse my choice”.
Mr Bailey said, “I am truly delighted to be chosen as the preferred candidate for the role of Chief Constable and look forward to the opportunity to speak in front of members of the Police and Crime Panel next month.”
If confirmed this will be the first Chief Constable appointment in the history of Norfolk Constabulary of an officer who has risen through the ranks from Police Constable to Chief. Simon took up his role as Deputy Chief Constable in 2010, and more recently took on the role as Temporary Chief Constable when Phil Gormley left to join National Crime Agency in June this year.
The recruitment process included psychometric testing, scrutiny with a stakeholder panel prior to formal interview today involving Sir Hugh Orde (President of ACPO), Ms Laura McGillivray (Chief Executive, Norwich City Council), Jenny McKibben (Deputy PCC), Stephen Bett (PCC for Norfolk) advised by Head of Staff, Chris Harding.