Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said he did not believe the low turnout in the PCC elections weakened the authority of the commissioners.
The individuals have been properly elected in a democratic process and the issue of numbers is absolutely not one for chief constables," he told BBC Radio 4's Today.
What we will be looking forward to is working with these individuals to focus all our resources on keeping the citizens safe. It is as simple and as straightforward as that.
He admitted that it was "going to be quite interesting" to have ex-police officers of a lower rank in a position to hire and fire chief constables.
"I will watch that with interest," he added.
The commissioners faced a "big challenge", he warned.