Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has begun the process for Chief Constable Nick Gargan to resign.
The PCC used powers under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (section 38), due to a lack of confidence by local people, police officers and staff.
It follows an independent misconduct panel finding Nick Gargan guilty of eight counts of misconduct last month.
Below is the full statement:
Chief Constable Nick Gargan has let down the colleagues he led and the communities he was there to protect.
He abused his position by forwarding confidential emails, interfering with a proper recruitment process and sending, receiving and storing intimate images on his police issue phone.
As the Chief Constable, Nick Gargan should have led by example and demonstrated the highest levels of integrity, values and professional behaviour. Instead he has shown flawed judgement and been found guilty of eight counts of misconduct including two of discreditable conduct.
From what I have seen and heard, he has lost the confidence of local people, police officers and staff. Over the last six weeks since the panel’s findings concerns have been raised to me by the Chief Officer Group, Superintendents Association, Police Federation and Unison about Nick Gargan continuing to lead Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
I believe that there is now a detrimental impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of him leading Avon and Somerset Constabulary, which is why I have today initiated the process to require him to resign. This is a separate process from the misconduct procedure and I will be writing to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor to seek his views.
It has emerged that 24 out of 25 Avon and Somerset police superintendents voted 'no confidence' in Nick Gargan.
Today, the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, will learn his fate at a sanction hearing.
Three former Avon & Somerset Police Chief Constables have written to the Police and Crime Commissioner asking Nick Gargan to resign.