Norfolk police commissioner hopes to make Breckland deputy his new chief executive

Mark Stokes, who could be the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner's next chief executive.

Mark Stokes, who could be the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner's next chief executive. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Councillors will next week review the proposed appointment of Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner's new chief executive - the current deputy at Breckland Council.

Police and crime commissioner Stephen Bett has picked Mark Stokes, currently Breckland's deputy chief executive to be his chief executive, but his appointment needs to be considered by the police and crime panel.

At the panel's meeting next Friday, Mr Bett will explain the role of the chief executive and explain why he thinks Mr Stokes should be appointed to replace the retiring Chris Harding.

Mr Stokes will also attend the meeting and answer questions from the panel, which is made up of Norfolk councillors and independent members.

Immediately after the hearing, members of the panel will meet in closed session to decide its report to the commissioner, which must include a recommendation as to whether or not the proposed candidate should be appointed. The commissioner will be informed of the recommendation the following day and he will then accept or reject the panel's recommendation and give his reasons back to the panel.


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A period of five working days will then pass before the information is released about the panel's decision.

On his choice of Mr Stokes, Mr Bett said: 'Mark was the best candidate in a strong group of contenders. His knowledge, experience and ideas for the future convinced me, and the panel of partners who interviewed with me, that he is the right person to lead my office.'

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William Nunn, who this week resigned as leader of Breckland Council, said the likely departure of Mr Stokes had helped triggered his decision to step down after eight years.

The police and crime panel will meet at County Hall at 9.30am on Friday, August 30.

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