Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston is being asked to explain why he forced the area's Chief Constable Carmel Napier to retire. He told the Gwent Police and Crime Panel that the force 'is in a better place' without her.
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.
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.