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Durham Commissioner proposes new Chief Constable

Mr-Barton-(Chief)

Mr Mike Barton, Temporary Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary

Durham Commissioner proposes new Chief Constable

Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, announced today that he is proposing to appoint Mike Barton, currently Temporary Chief Constable, as the new permanent Chief Constable.

The proposal follows an assessment process which culminated earlier today in Mr Barton, the single candidate for the post, being interviewed by the Commissioner and a panel of five independent members.

The proposed appointment is subject to confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel at their meeting on 11th February.

Mr Hogg said:

“Following an intensive morning, I am pleased to recommend Mike Barton’s appointment to the Police and Crime Panel. The independent appointment panel and I believe that Mr Barton has convincingly demonstrated the requisite experience and competencies needed for the position of Chief Constable.

“Whether it was one person or five people who had applied for the Chief Constable vacancy, the same searching and comprehensive process would have been followed to ensure that the right person is appointed to lead Durham Constabulary in its drive for excellence over the coming years”.

Mr Barton, who celebrates his 56th birthday today, said: "I am delighted to have the support of the Commissioner and his appointment panel.  Having served in Durham Constabulary for four and a half years I feel I have gained some depth of understanding of the policing needs of our communities, which are diverse and complex.  If I am appointed I aim to put Durham Constabulary at the forefront of everything that is good in policing. As a priority, I will continue to drive up levels of public confidence and satisfaction by putting the community at the heart of everything we do. I see this as a vital common purpose of the Commissioner and the force”.

Mr Barton had been appointed Temporary Chief Constable following the retirement of Jon Stoddart last October and has been with the force since moving here from Lancashire police in 2008, serving first as Assistant Chief constable, then being appointed Deputy in 2009.

Note to news desks: There will be no further comment from the Commissioner until the Police and Crime Panel has considered the proposed appointment.

Posted on Monday 28th January 2013
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