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Police and Crime Commissioner Appoints New Chief of Staff

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

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

Simon joins the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner from his current role as Force Solicitor & Head of Legal Services for both North Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire.

Prior to joining the police, he worked as a Senior Lawyer with North Yorkshire County Council and began his career in private legal practice.  

Simon will provide strategic leadership, support and advice across a range of functions, and take on the role of statutory monitoring officer.

Barry Coppinger said: “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. 

“Simon will play a key role in driving forward partnership and collaboration in implementation of my Police & Crime plan, as we take on commissioning of victims services, monitoring of probation services and other work, and I look forward to him joining us at the end of April.”

Simon Dennis 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.”

A Police and Crime Panel meeting was held on Monday 7th April to confirm the appointment.  


Posted on Thursday 10th April 2014
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