Chief Constable Iain Spittal has given notice of his intention to retire from the police service.
He has requested the Police & Crime Commissioner’s approval to serve a period of notice, which makes his last day of service is 31 December 2017.
The Police & Crime Commissioner has approved this request. He agrees the Chief Constable can retire on 31 December 2017.
Taking into account annual leave entitlements, Chief Constable Spittal will be absent with effect from 16 December 2017.
The Police & Crime Commissioner wants to formally record records his appreciation for Chief Constable Spittal’s police service overall and for his leadership of Cleveland Police in particular.
The role of Acting Chief Constable is adopted by the Deputy Chief Constable in the event of either an absence from or a vacancy in the post of Chief Constable. In line with precedent the Police & Crime Commissioner is invited to determine that:
- With the approval of the Police & Crime Commissioner and by operation of law, during the absence and any subsequent period of vacancy in the office of Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless will assume the role of Acting Chief Constable.
- These arrangements will commence at 00:01 on 16 December 2017 for so long as either the absence or any period of vacancy subsists.
The Chief Constable has consulted with the PCC and has designated Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts.
This means that Assistant Chief Constable Roberts will by exercise the functions of Chief Constable during any period when the Deputy Chief Constable is unable to do so.