Chief Constable Nick Gargan’s resignation one step closer?
PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 October 2015
The process which could see suspended Chief Constable Nick Gargan be forced to resgin has reached its next stage.
The constabulary’s Police and Crime Comissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens began the process in August and wrote to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor.
Ms Mounstevens began the process under section 38 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 in August, after Mr Gargan was found guilty of eight counts of misconduct by an independent panel in a hearing which cost more than £570,000.
She said the force had ‘lost confidence’ in his leadership, and said he had ‘abused his position’ by forwarding confidential emails, interfering with the recruitment process and storing intimate images on his police-issue phone.
Now, after reading a report from Ms Mounstevens, Sir Winsor has agreed to initiate the process. His report says: “It appears the officers, particularly the senior officers who work most closely with him, and staff of the constabulary do not have confidence in CC Gargan.”
Mr Gargan will now have two weeks to make his arguments to Ms Mounstevens. If she decides to continue the process the Police and Crime Panel and Mr Gargan will be notified and a private hearing will take place where both Mr Gargan and Ms Mounstevens can make their representations.
The panel will then make a recommendation to the PCC, which she must take into account, but the final decision will rest on her shoulders.
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