The appointment of Derbyshire’s new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has been formally backed by the county’s Police and Crime Panel - alongside that of the organisation’s incoming Treasurer, Andrew Dale.
North Derbyshire solicitor Kevin Gillott is expected to take up the Deputy post in January following a meeting last week (Thurs) in which panel members unanimously agreed Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa’s recommendation. The appointment follows a robust recruitment process which attracted a wealth of experienced and talented candidates for the demanding role.
Commenting on the panel’s decision, the Commissioner said: “I’m delighted the panel has formally accepted my choice of deputy and look forward to welcoming Kevin to the role in the New Year.
“Community safety isn’t just about removing crime from our streets but also ensuring the right systems are in place to rehabilitate offenders in the long-term so they permanently turn their back on crime. I believe Kevin’s impressive legal background and experience of the court system will greatly assist my work in this area.
“I’m confident Kevin is the right person for the job and his professional and personal attributes are ideal for the direction I’ve outlined for Derbyshire in my Police and Crime Plan.”
Speaking after the meeting Kevin Gillott said: “I was delighted to receive the Panel’s endorsement and can’t wait to start now. There is a lot to do and I look forward to working with Hardyal and his team to really make a difference to communities across the county.
“As I’ve said before, I think our skills will dovetail well helping us to make positive changes which impact on people’s safety and wellbeing.”
Andrew Dale’s appointment as Chief Finance Officer was also formally approved by the panel.
Currently Resources Manager & Deputy Finance Officer for The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) in Leicestershire, he will join Commissioner’s team in December.
Today he said: “It’s a privilege to have been appointed as the Commissioner’s Chief Finance Officer and I’m delighted to receive the support of the Police and Crime Panel. Derbyshire is a highly regarded Force with an excellent financial pedigree due to a history of careful planning and prudence. I look forward to playing my part in achieving the objectives of the Police & Crime Plan alongside colleagues both in the OPCC, the Force and partners across Derbyshire.”
Welcoming the double confirmation, Hardyal Dhindsa said: “Andrew understands the policing landscape and has excellent contacts throughout the region, which will be a bonus in our collaboration with other East Midlands forces. I think the pair will help me deliver my Plan and in doing, help to keep Derbyshire communities safer.”
The Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Councillor Julie Hill, said “Kevin and Andrew had hugely impressive credentials for their respective roles. Both were able to evidence their professional competence and personal independence when answering questions by Panel Members, who unanimously resolved to recommend their appointments.”
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.
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.
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Posted on Monday 21st November 2016