New chief of staff for Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner

Barry Coppinger
Barry Coppinger

CLEVELAND’S Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has appointed a new Chief of Staff.

Simon Dennis joins the office of the Commissioner from his current role as force solicitor and head of legal services for both North Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire.

As part of his role, Mr Dennis will provide strategic leadership, support and advice across a range of functions and take on the role of statutory monitoring officer.

He said: “I’m delighted to be appointed to the role of Chief of Staff, leading the Commissioner’s dedicated and highly effective team. There are some tough challenges ahead.

“I am looking forward to working with the Commissioner, the Chief Constable and her chief officer team as well as our local and regional partners to ensure a first class service is delivered to the public of Cleveland.”

Mr Coppinger added: “I’m delighted to welcome Simon to the team.

“He was the best person for the role from an impressive field of candidates and has a solid background in compliance, governance and scrutiny.”

Mr Dennis replaces Ed Chicken, who was on secondment from Middlesbrough Council and retired at the end of March.