This was our first confirmation hearing for a Chief Constable - part of the reforms which followed the creation of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Simon Byrne is a career policeman. His most recent positions have been with Greater Manchester Police and most recently with the Metropolitan Police. He was brought up in Cheshire - and his family is here - so this is something of a home coming for him.
The confirmation hearing was webcast and will be available to view via the CWaC web portal shortly. From a personal point of view I found his answers to the questions we put were both impressive and insightful. I had great pleasure, later in the proceedings, in proposing that we recommend to the Commissioner that he appoints Mr Byrne to the position of Chief Constable. The panel - made up of 5 Conservative Councillors, 5 Labour Councillors and 3 independent members - was unanimous. We were all impressed.
Later, as part of my day job, I ended up talking to a policeman - outside Cheshire. I mentioned what I'd been doing earlier in the day. This policeman knew Simon Byrne and commented that he was a man that knew his own mind and was something of a task master. Time alone will tell whether that is what he brings to Cheshire.