Temporary police chief set to become permanent

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THE temporary chief constable of Durham Constabulary is set to get the job permanently after being nominated for the post.

Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Ron Hogg has put Mike Barton forward as his choice for the top role.

Mr Barton was the only candidate to apply for the post.

His appointment is now subject to confirmation by the Durham Police and Crime Panel next month.

He would replace Jon Stoddart, who retired from the force in October.

Mr Hogg said: “Whether it was one person or five people who had applied for the vacancy, the same searching and comprehensive process would have been followed to ensure that the right person is appointed to lead Durham Constabulary in its drive for excellence over the coming years.”

Mr Barton joined Durham Police from the Lancashire force in 2008. He has served as both assistant and deputy chief constable.

He said: “If I am appointed I aim to put Durham Constabulary at the forefront of everything that is good in policing. As a priority, I will continue to drive up levels of public confidence and satisfaction by putting the community at the heart of everything we do.

“I see this as a vital common purpose of the Commissioner and the force”.

Mr Stoddart is now leading an inquiry set up by Home Secretary Theresa May into the deaths of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough in 1989.