County gets its deputy police chief after wait of 10 months

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After 10 months of uncertainty, North Yorkshire finally has a permanent Deputy Chief Constable.

The job has been given to Tim Madgwick, an officer with 23 years’ experience who has filled the role in a temporary capacity since June.

Mr Madgwick first interviewed for the position in the summer, but he and three other candidates were all turned down by North Yorkshire Police Authority.

Mr Madgwick, who has served in North Yorkshire throughout his policing career, said he was “delighted and so incredibly honoured” to be given the position, which has been vacant since former deputy Adam Briggs retired in February.

“This is my home force, having lived in the area since 1985, and nothing could give me greater pride or pleasure of continuing to deliver the best possible service for our communities as Deputy Chief Constable,” he said.

The police authority’s chairman, Jane Kenyon, said: “Tim’s appointment will be warmly welcomed, I am certain, by all in North Yorkshire and City of York.

“His wealth of knowledge not only of the area but the issues we face are second to none, having served his entire police career with us.”

Meanwhile, the appointment of a new Chief Constable for South Yorkshire has been delayed yet again. The county’s police authority is searching for an officer to replace former chief Meredydd Hughes, who retired in October after 32 years’ service.

It had expected to make an appointment this month, but yesterday admitted the decision would not be made until the new year.

The post had to be re-advertised in October after it attracted only two applicants.

The Yorkshire Post understands three candidates were interviewed for the position earlier this week.

They are David Crompton and Stuart Hyde, Deputy Chief Constables in West Yorkshire and Cumbria respectively, and Nick Gargan, the chief executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency.