POLICE and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis today confirmed Gareth Morgan will be the new Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police after the Police and Crime Panel ratified the decision.
Mr Morgan, currently the Deputy Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset, was appointed out of a short list of three.
As part of the interview process candidates were questioned by the Staffordshire Youth Commission members and over 60 officers and staff from Staffordshire Police.
The process concluded with a formal panel interview where the Commissioner invited the Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the OPCC Chief Executive and the Head of People Services for Staffordshire to join him in interviewing the shortlisted candidates.
Mr Ellis said: ‘We had exceptionally strong candidates for the position, but DCC Morgan demonstrated the knowledge and breadth of experience needed to take the force through the huge period of change needed over the coming months to meet the ever-changing face of crime and evolving threats.
‘It is clear that he has the right attributes needed to be an effective Chief Constable and I am looking forward to working together to deliver the plans that we have set out for the next few years.’
Mr Morgan was appointed Deputy Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset in February 2016 after a career of 26 years predominantly in the Midlands.
Gareth joined West Midlands Police in 1987 as a Constable and then a Sergeant based in Birmingham. In 1996 he joined the Accelerated Promotion Scheme and on promotion to Inspector continued to work in a variety of uniform and detective roles.
In 2000 he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy at Quantico. On his return he was promoted and posted as a Detective Chief Inspector to Sandwell.
On promotion to Superintendent in 2002 he was seconded to the Home Office, within the Police Standards Unit.
Gareth returned to the West Midlands in 2003 to review the provision of child protection policing and oversee the introduction of the Climbie recommendations before taking up the post of BCU Operations Manager at Stechford.
In 2005 he was appointed Head of Training and in 2006, as a result of the Government’s intention to merge police forces, Gareth was seconded to programme manage the ‘Mergers Team’ for the West Midlands Region.
Following promotion in 2007 he became a BCU Commander and the police lead for Children and Young People in Birmingham.
In 2009, as part of the change programme in West Midlands Police, Gareth led on the review of local policing and the creation of a Public Protection Department, which he subsequently led.
Following his attendance at the Strategic Command Course in 2011 he was temporarily promoted and took up the post of Chief of Staff to the President of Association of Chief Police Officers.
In July 2012 he took up appointment as Assistant Chief Constable for local policing of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.
Mr Morgan said: ‘I am grateful to the Police and Crime Panel for their deliberations today and I am delighted to have my appointment of Chief Constable confirmed. I look forward to joining the force on 19 June.’