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New chief executive for Dorset Police crime commissioner
A NEW chief executive has been appointed to the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Dan Steadman’s selection was considered at a confirmation hearing by the Police and Crime Panel at County Hall, Dorchester.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill introduced Mr Steadman, who was chosen from 16 applicants.
He previously worked as interim chief executive at the office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Dorset police and crime panel is made up of representatives from the county council and all of Dorset’s borough and district councils, plus two independent members.
All members agreed to the new appointment despite an original objection from Bournemouth Borough Councillor David Smith who wished to know more about Mr Steadman.
The 42-year-old was put forward as the preferred candidate following an interview panel which included Mr Underhill, chief constable Debbie Simpson and a panel member.
The new addition succeeds Martin Goscomb, who retired in June.
Mr Steadman said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Martyn Underhill, the team, the Force and partner agencies in delivering the Police and Crime Plan.”
Mr Steadman said he will work to improve relationships between the Martyn Underhill and the panel and attend panel and senior meetings. Mr Steadman joined Sussex Police Authority in 2004 where he worked in management roles, including acting and deputy chief executive.
Previously, he worked as a director for a recruitment company and as a commissioned officer for the Royal Air Force.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Underhill welcomed Mr Steadman’s appointment.
He said: “Mr Steadman has a wealth of experience in the criminal justice system.”
He added: “I would also like to thank Martin Goscomb for his loyal service for Dorset Police, Dorset Police Authority and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and I wish him well in his retirement.”
- The Police and Crime Panel hold confirmation hearings for key members of staff.
The Panel will not be able to refuse appointments but can make recommendations to the PCC Dorset’s Police and Crime Panel (PCP) has been established to examine the actions and decisions of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
The panel aims to ensure that relevant information is made available to the public so that they can effectively hold the PCC to account.
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