The appointment of Jo Farrell as the new Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary was confirmed today.
The announcement follows a Confirmation Hearing – a statutory process where members of the independent Police and Crime Panel have the opportunity to question the preferred candidate, and to endorse the appointment. Jo Farrell was the preferred candidate of Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for Durham and Darlington.
Speaking before the hearing, Ron said “I organised a thorough recruitment exercise for the best person to be Chief Constable, and was very pleased that Durham Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable, Jo Farrell, was my preferred candidate”.
Jo first became a police officer in 1991 and joined Durham Constabulary in November 2016 as Deputy Chief Constable. She said: “I am both delighted and privileged to be appointed as Chief Constable of Durham. I very much look forward to leading this outstanding force from strength to strength”.
Cllr Lucy Hovvels MBE, Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, said: “The Panel was impressed with the quality of the answers provided by Deputy Chief Constabulary Jo Farrell and the breadth of her experience and was, therefore, pleased to endorse her appointment.”
Chief Constable Farrell formally assumes her new role on Saturday 8 June.
Posted on Thursday 6th June 2019