Lincolnshire Police chief vying for Scotland top job

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly is in the running to become Police Scotland’s new chief constable.

The BBC reported on Tuesday evening he is one of the three final candidates for the job, and PCC Marc Jones tweeted his support for the application on Wednesday morning.

Applications for the UK’s second biggest job in policing closed on Monday and Bill Skelly has been reportedly shortlisted for the £216,549 per year job.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly has been a former HM Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland and took the top job in Lincolnshire in February 2017.

Before moving to Lincolnshire, he was the Deputy Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police from Police Scotland since 2013.

Bill Skelly is the highest ranked officer of the three known contenders for the Police Scotland chief constable role.

Final interviews for the job will take place mid August.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said: “I’m fully supportive of CC Bill Skelly’s application to become new Chief of Police Scotland.

“His drive for wellbeing of officers and staff, innovative use of tech to transform service and leading on workforce reform set him apart. Outstanding leader.”