A NEW chief constable for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has been appointed.
Andy Marsh, currently deputy chief constable, will replace Alex Marshall on February 5.
Based at police headquarters in Winchester, Mr Marsh, 46, joined the Hampshire and Isle of Wight force in 2010.
He previously worked at Avon and Somerset Police and Wiltshire Police.
Mr Marsh was unanimously recommended for the post by the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel after he was chosen as the preferred candidate by Simon Hayes, the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
On accepting the position, Mr Marsh said: "Hampshire Constabulary has made significant changes and proven highly effective at tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and safeguarding the public under the leadership of Alex Marshall.
"It is a real privilege to have the opportunity to continue to progress that great work, and I look forward to working with the PCC in building and developing a policing service that focuses on the needs of all those within our communities."
Panel chairman and Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Dave Stewart said: "He was able to display a high level of professional competence and personal independence and is a consistent, forward-thinking leader whose values are very much in line with the needs of the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight."
Mr Hayes said: "He was the exceptional candidate for the job, and is well placed to take the organisation forward, having started the journey by being in charge of the force change programme in his role as deputy chief constable. I am keen to start working with him on delivering my priorities in partnership with our community safety and criminal justice partners."