Neil Rhodes has been officially appointed the chief constable of Lincolnshire.
The Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel has ratified the appointment made by the Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.
And Mr Rhodes welcomed the decision. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed as chief.”
Mr Rhodes joined the force as a constable in 1986 and left in 2001 on promotion to Humberside before moving to Cumbria as assistant chief constable.
He returned to Lincolnshire in 2008 as deputy chief constable and had been serving as acting chief constable.
He said: “After five years away in Humberside and Cumbria, being appointed deputy chief constable here in Lincolnshire in 2008 was like coming home for me.
“The chief’s job really is the icing on the cake and I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my career making Lincolnshire Police and the service we deliver the very best I possibly can.”
Mr Rhodes said the public needed not only to be safe but to feel safe in their homes and as they go about their daily business. He said: “We’ve got to give them confidence that this county is safe and well policed.”