Police and Crime Panel confirm appointment of new Chief Constable


The Sussex Police & Crime Panel has confirmed the appointment of Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne’s proposed candidate, Giles York, to be the new Chief Constable of Sussex Police.

The Panel conducted a confirmation hearing attended by Mr York and Mrs Bourne at its annual meeting on Friday (27 June), which was webcast live: http://www.eastsussex.public-i.tv/core/portal/home.

Commenting on the Panel’s endorsement Mrs Bourne said: I am delighted that the Panel has approved my decision to appoint Mr York as the next Sussex Chief Constable.

“Mr York has exceptional experience of policing, having held a number of positions in senior leadership. Throughout the recruitment process he showed a passion for Sussex, its people and police force and I am pleased that this has also been recognised by the Panel.

“I have every confidence in his capabilities to lead Sussex Police in the future and I look forward to working with him to deliver the priorities within the Police & Crime Plan ‘Safer in Sussex’.

“Mr York and I will be embarking on a series of ‘Meet Your Chief and Commissioner’ public events beginning on Tuesday 12 August at 6pm in Hove Town Hall.”

The Panel also confirmed the appointment of Carl Rushbridge as Chief Finance Officer, one of two statutory roles within the Commissioner’s office.

Mrs Bourne said: “Carl has significant experience in public sector finance, having already worked for a number of county and borough councils on all aspects of their financial arrangements. He will provide strategic financial advice to me and my office, administer all financial affairs and ensure that public money is used appropriately, economically and effectively.”

Carl Rushbridge will replace the current Chief Finance Officer, John Eagles, who will retire on 30 September 2014.

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