Wanted: New Chief Constable for Gloucestershire - £130K pa
WANTED: Chief Constable for Gloucestershire. Needs to stay in the job for more than a couple of years, not move to sunnier climes and be ready to work with the new politician in town.
The job vacancy has been posted on Gloucestershire Constabulary's website – and it says the £130,044 salary would remain the same for the five-year fixed term appointment.
The advert was drawn by newly-elected police and crime commissioner Martin Surl, who is on the lookout for the right candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant post.
Current chief Mick Matthews announced he was stepping down after being in the position for less than six months.
Before that, his predecessor Tony Melville was at the helm for just under two-and-a-half years after taking over from Dr Tim Brain, who held the post from 2001-2010.
Members of the force privately said they were hoping the next chief would be a more permanent fixture, enabling the force to have some much- needed stability.
One senior officer, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Echo: "Over the last few years we have been through so much change.
"The job has been advertised for five years and I think everyone would like the new person to fulfil that term.
"That is not a criticism of the current chief constable. It's just that with all the change going on around us, at some point we are all looking forward to taking stock, catching breath and trying to move forwards.
"We have been in a state of flux for a long time."
The advert, which is expected to attract widespread interest, said what was needed was a "strong leader, willing to commit to the long-term future of policing in Gloucestershire".
It also called for someone who cared about the communities they would serve, was able to "enthuse and empower" others and lead organisational improvements.
Mr Surl said: "The constabulary has been through a period of unprecedented change, but the future is exciting and I am looking forward to working with a chief constable who shares my commitment to the county.
"Gloucestershire is a great place to live and work and we have a police service to be proud of so it is hardly surprising that a number of excellent candidates have already been in touch."