Just one application received for Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable job

Only one application has been received for the role of Lincolnshire Police’s Chief Constable — from the Temporary Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick launched the search at the beginning of October, with applications closing on November 1.

The PCC set up a website dedicated to the role, paid £131,343 upwards on a 12 month contract. The appointment would be for four years.

The current Temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes previously said he would apply for the role.

He has been in the role since March 2012, when Richard Crompton retired.

Alan Hardwick said: “I have received one application for the position of Chief Constable from Temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.

“I look forward to working with members of the selection panel and assessing his application. An interview is scheduled for 18 November 2013.

“The appointment of Chief Constable is subject to a public confirmation hearing to be held by the Police and Crime Panel on 6 December 2013.”

PCC and Chief Constable history

In August, an investigation by Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, has cleared Chief Constable Neil Rhodes of allegations of misconduct by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

In February 2013, PCC Hardwick suspended Chief Constable Rhodes following allegations of misconduct, but in April a judge in Manchester quashed the suspension, branding it “irrational” and “perverse” and not taking into account Mr Rhodes’ 27 years of unblemished reputation.

Following the ruling, PCC Hardwick asked Sir Peter Fahy to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations. The report was published on August 15.

The report concluded that no proof has been found to substantiate the allegation and Sir Peter recommended the misconduct allegation against Chief Constable Rhodes be formally withdrawn.

Both insisted they have put the episode behind and that their professional relationship was unaffected by the incident.