Top cop returns to Avon and Somerset force as new chief constable

December 20 2015

A NEW chief constable has been appointed for Avon and Somerset after the departure of the suspended Nick Gargan.

Andy Marsh, the new chief constable of Avon and Somerset police with police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens

A NEW chief constable has been appointed for Avon and Somerset after the departure of the suspended Nick Gargan.
Andy Marsh, currently chief constable of Hampshire, will take up his post on February 1 after the appointment was approved by the area’s police and crime panel.
Mr Marsh’s policing career started in Avon and Somerset 28 years ago and he went on to hold senior posts within the constabulary, as well as with the Wiltshire force.
He said it was a “great privilege” to be given the chief constable job.
He said: “It’s the force I first joined in 1987 and I’m thrilled to be returning as chief constable to help build on the excellent work that’s taken place in the intervening period since I left.”
Temporary chief constable Gareth Morgan will remain in his role until Mr Marsh joins the force.
Mr Gargan became chief constable in 2013 but was suspended in May 2014 amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff.
An independent panel later cleared him of charges of gross misconduct but upheld eight counts of misconduct for breaching data protection rules and storing intimate material on his police-issue mobile phone.
Police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens started proceedings to force him to step down and he eventually quit his job.