Deliberations on the appointment of a permanent Chief Constable for Lincolnshire are being held behind closed doors this afternoon.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel's confirmation meeting includes a public session in which members were to question Temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes and Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick – the man who controversially suspended Mr Rhodes earlier this year on a conduct allegation that turned out to be unfounded.
A closed session follows to discuss and agree a recommendation to the Commissioner regarding his proposed appointment of a Chief Constable.
Following the meeting, the panel has to provide a formal report and notification to the Commissioner’s office on whether or not they support the appointment of the sole candidate Mr Rhodes.
Once that report is filed with the Commissioner, likely to be early next week, the panel will make its decision public.