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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent says the force is "in a better place" without the Chief Constable.
Earlier this month, Ian Johnston admitted telling Carmel Napier to retire or face being pushed out.
Both are due to be questioned by a group of MPs on the circumstances surrounding Mrs Napier's exit from the force.
Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston told us that "in the very first week" after he started his job in November, "it became apparent from the Chief Constable's actions that there was no acknowledgement" of his role - and that removing Carmel Napier after six months was not premature.
Ian Johnston has told Gwent Police and Crime Panel that he wants to hold interviews for the force's new Chief Constable in September, a shortlist will be submitted to the panel in October, with the hope that a new appointment will be confirmed in November.
He said the costs associated with the legal advice he got over whether he could give Carmel Napier an ultimatum to leave have not been finally confirmed, but "will be reasonable."
He said her retirement was "in line with contractual agreements", and there was "no confidentiality agreement" signed.
Next Tuesday, both Ian Johnston and Carmel Napier will be questioned by an influential group of MPs on the circumstances surrounding her exit from Gwent Police.
The Home Affairs Select Committee says it will take oral evidence from the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner, and then the former Chief Constable.
Gwent PCC Ian Johnston, asked by the panel if he would have done anything differently over the exit of Carmel Napier, said "no, to be honest."
He said the documents leaked to the South Wales Argus, which showed she was told to retire or be removed from her position, were "not leaked by me or my office" - but that there will be no investigation into how they were leaked.
The commissioner will offer a preferred candidate and a second choice for a replacement Chief Constable - the panel will not be involved in interviewing a successor, but will have a veto in the confirmation process.
Gwent PCC Ian Johnston has told the local panel that oversees him that "Gwent Police is in a better place without the Chief Constable".
He said he gave feedback to Carmel Napier in weekly meetings, but "you can only try so many times."
"We have the evidence ready if we go to judicial review."
Earlier this month, the Police and Crime Commissioner admitted he told her to retire or be removed from her post.
Police and Crime Panels were set up alongside the Police and Crime Commissioners last November - to oversee and scrutinise the PCCs. In Gwent, it is made up of local councillors and two independent co-opted members.
The panel is today "seeking further information" from Mr Johnston about Mrs Napier's exit.
The row over Carmel Napier's forced exit raised questions about the role and powers of Police and Crime Commissioners.
The creation of the posts was controversial - and just 14 percent of people turned out to vote in Gwent last November.
Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner will be asked to explain the controversial forced retirement of the force's Chief Constable later.
Ian Johnston will attend a meeting of the Gwent Police and Crime Panel.
Earlier this month he revealed he told former Chief Constable Carmel Napier to retire or be removed from her post.