Police chief suing commission

Chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police, Colin Port.

LONDON — The chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police is taking the police and crime commissioner to court.

Colin Port wants six months’ notice and an injunction blocking the interview process for a new chief constable.

It follows his refusal to re-apply for his own job after PCC Sue Mountstevens asked him to do so on being elected to the new role in November.

In a statement, a spokesman said that Port’s decision to take legal action had “surprised” Mountstevens.

The case is due to come before Justice Edwards-Stuart at the Royal Courts of Justice next Tuesday.

In November, Port said he had told Mountstevens, an Independent, that he had “no intention” of re-applying for his own job.

He said he would not seek the renewal of his contract and would retire from the police service on 26 January.

In a statement a spokesperson for the office of Avon and Somerset PCC said: “After publicly announcing on November 22 that he intended to retire at the end of his fixed-term appointment on January 26, 2013, we were surprised to receive a legal letter from Chief Constable Colin Port requesting six months’ notice and an injunction blocking the interview process for a new chief.

“As legal proceedings are active there is nothing further we can add at this time.” (BBC)

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