Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa today announced north-Derbyshire solicitor Kevin Gillott as his intended candidate for the role of Deputy PCC.
The proposed appointment, which follows a robust open recruitment process, will now be put before the Derbyshire Police and Crime Panel to review and consider recommendations in a Confirmation Hearing.
Fittingly, Mr Gillott has extensive criminal justice experience to bring to his new role. He was previously legal advisor to the Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court Service and is currently practising as a defence solicitor in Chesterfield. He is also a county councillor for Clay Cross South.
Today’s announcement follows a robust interview process which appraised the experience and skills of a number of high-calibre candidates.
Revealing his decision, Mr Dhindsa said: “The role attracted a lot of interest which gave us a strong pool of skills and talent from which to make a decision. I would like to congratulate Kevin for shining out in a formidable line-up.
“Kevin’s experience in criminal justice complements my own background in the probation service and together I believe we can really make a difference to those who not only find themselves victims of crime but vulnerable people who are caught within the system itself through a revolving cycle of offending.
“The position of Deputy PCC is a demanding one and requires tenacity, enthusiasm and approachability and I’m confident Kevin has all of these as well as plenty of experience in a public-facing role.
“His legal background will be enormously helpful to me as we continue on our quest to enhance restorative justice across Derbyshire and implement tried and tested support programmes that help individuals tackle the problems behind their criminality and guide them to making positive future choices.”
Kevin, from North Wingfield, Derbyshire, is married with a teenage son.
He was Deputy Leader of Derbyshire County Council from 2013 to 2015 and is also an experienced school governor having served on the governing bodies of both a primary and secondary school.
He said: “I feel privileged to be given the chance to serve as Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. I believe my legal background will dovetail well with the Commissioner’s own experience, helping us to make positive changes which impact on people’s safety and wellbeing.
“I believe that by working with other agencies, we can do more and achieve more, and make Derbyshire safer, which I know is a view Hardyal shares. I also hope that my experience of working with young people and those who abuse alcohol, drugs or other substances will be helpful in my new role.”
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Posted on Thursday 10th November 2016