Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane has announced the appointment of Ms Sareda Dirir as Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire.
David said: "I am delighted to announce that Sareda Dirir will take up the role of Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner from March 2017. Sareda is the first Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner in the county to be appointed following an open and competitive recruitment process.
"I received a strong and varied field of 21 applicants. Four applicants were interviewed in January by myself, assisted by a team of independent advisors. Throughout the process Sareda showed herself to be an outstanding candidate and exceeded the criteria set.
"Sareda has worked across the private and public sector and her many years of teaching experience coupled with her passion for equality and diversity issues will be a great asset, as will her experience of working as an advocate for under-represented groups.
"I have no doubt that Sareda is going to be a fantastic addition to my team and will support me in delivering better outcomes for our local communities in order to make Cheshire a safer place."
David concluded: "I am building a team which delivers for our local communities. I believe that the changes that I am implementing will provide value for money, high quality outcomes for Cheshire residents and will secure significant savings. This alongside other recent changes reaffirms my commitment to delivering policing which is connected to our communities."
Sareda Dirir will report directly to, work in conjunction with and be answerable to the Police and Crime Commissioner. The posiiton was advertised with a salary of £50,000 pro rata on an initial 12 month fixed term contact, with an option to extend.
John Dwyer, the former Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, appointed Margaret Ollerenshaw, the former Chairman of the Police Authority, as his deputy towards the end of 2012. Her remuneration was £22,500, 30% of the salary of the Commissioner, based on an average three days per week.