Neil Rhodes says he's putting a "difficult year" behind him after being confirmed as Lincolnshire's Chief Constable.
Having been suspended by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick, Mr Rhodes returned to work as temporary chief in April after a high court judge described the decision as "perverse and irrational".
He had been suspended after Mr Hardwick received an allegation that Mr Rhodes mishandled a colleague’s racial discrimination employment tribunal claim against West Yorkshire Police.
Now, having been confirmed as chief constable, he says he'll devote himself to the force.
"I am looking forward to spending the rest of my career making Lincolnshire Police, and the service that we deliver together, the very best that I possibly can," said Mr Rhodes.
"It has been a very difficult year - not the one I had hoped for - but that's very much behind me now.
"When I picked up the reins of the chief's job again in April, I was absolutely determined to build a strong and productive working relationship with the Commissioner and with his staff. And I think we've achieved that."
Although Mr Rhodes' suspension was quashed, a review into the suspension is being carried out. It is likely to report back in January.
Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy was also asked to investigate the suspension.
In findings published in August, Mr Fahy concluded there was no proof to substantiate the allegations, which he recommended be formally withdrawn.
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Mr Hardwick said: "As far as I'm concerned it's a simple truth that when partnerships work, policing works.
"Probably the most important partnership for policing is that between the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable.
"So I'm delighted that the Police and Crime Panel have given the green light to my recommendation that Neil Rhodes be appointed the new Chief Constable of Lincolnshire."
Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick on the appointment