Police & Crime Panel Confirm the Appointment of Next Chief Constable (8 Feb 2013)

Today, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel confirmed the appointment of Mark Gilmore to the post of Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

The Police and Crime Panel, made up of elected and independent members from across West Yorkshire, had the power to either ratify or veto the Police and Crime Commissioner's proposed candidate as part of the new arrangements for policing that have been in place since November 2012.

At the public 'Confirmation Hearing' Panel Members asked Mark Gilmore a series of questions to enable them to assess his professional competence and personal independence.

On the basis of Mark's responses at the Hearing and the supporting documents provided by the Commissioner, the Panel felt assured that the candidate was fully able to take on the position of Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Cllr Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "We were impressed by Mark and as a Panel we believe that he has the leadership qualities necessary to lead the West Yorkshire Police Force on behalf of all our residents whilst maintaining its operational independence.

"He is clearly passionate about public service and importantly he is committed to front line and neighbourhood policing. His previous experience and personal qualities have convinced us that he will make an excellent Chief Constable and as a Panel we look forward to working with him in the future."

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "I am delighted that the Police and Crime Panel supported my choice of Mark Gilmore to be the next Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

"There were four very strong candidates for the job but Mark's experience and performance during the interview process convinced me that he was the right person to lead the Force and to deliver against the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan. I am extremely pleased that the Panel were satisfied with how I made my selection."

Mark Gilmore said: "I'd like to thank the Police and Crime Panel for confirming my appointment as Chief Constable. It is a huge privilege to be chosen to lead a large force with such a stong reputation and I am looking forward to working closely with the Commissioner and the Panel.

A full report outlining the Panel's decision will be published on the Police and Crime Panel's website (www.westyorkshire-pcp.gov.uk

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