Chief Constable Mick Creedon and PCC Alan Charles
Chief Constable of Derbyshire Mick Creedon is heading for nigh on a decade as the force’s top man following Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles’ decision today (Monday 14 December) to extend the Chief’s current contract.
The Commissioner, who has previously announced that he will not be standing in next May’s PCC elections, sanctioned the six-month extension to secure continuity and leadership during a time of change for Derbyshire Constabulary.
Members of the Strategic Governance Board heard that Mr Creedon’s fixed term contract was due to end on 30 November 2016. If this agreement had not been extended, one of the new PCC’s first tasks could be discussions about either an extension to the Chief’s post or his plans for leaving.
Alan Charles said: “Mick Creedon is an inspirational leader who, as our Chief Constable, has ensured that Derbyshire residents continue to receive a quality police service despite the reductions in funding witnessed over recent years. That is no mean feat.”
Mr Charles’ intention is not to ‘tie the hands’ of the new PCC but to allow them the time and opportunity to make an informed decision about the qualities they are looking for in the leader of Derbyshire Constabulary.
The meeting was told that Mr Creedon has the full support and confidence of the PCC and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. Acknowledged as having delivered an outstanding performance on all levels, he continues to be committed to policing, to the East Midlands and specifically to Derbyshire Constabulary.
Mick Creedon said: “I’m really happy to have the continued support and confidence of Alan Charles, demonstrated by this extension. I recognise that the appointment of a new PCC in May next year means that they may have their own views about the position of the Chief Constable of the Derbyshire Constabulary, but at the same time I know how important the continuity of leadership is in these increasingly challenging times. This is a fantastic organisation; the staff do a superb job and work with a host of partners trying to make the county a safer place and despite the financial cuts of recent years, time and time again external inspection praises the high standard of policing service we deliver to over 1 million people. I am constantly humbled by the work done by officers, staff members and community support officers and remain both proud and privileged to serve as Chief Constable.”
Posted on Monday 14th December 2015