The Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police has confirmed his decision to retire later this year.
Gareth Morgan has spent 33 years in policing, serving in his current role for the past four years.
He said his aim had always been to leave the force in “a better place”.
“Being the Chief Constable in Staffordshire has been an extraordinary privilege and I am immensely proud of the force and the professionalism and dedication of colleagues who serve local communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
“As a Chief Constable you are entrusted to hold an office and to lead and guide an organisation for the time you are in post.
“My hope as I took on the role was to leave Staffordshire Police in a better place, building on, not detracting from the legacy of all those who have gone before me – it is for others to judge but I believe I’ve done my job to the best of my ability with the support and hard work of my colleagues.
“I fervently believe Staffordshire Police will continue to grow and thrive in the future to better serve the public and to embrace the opportunities a post-Covid environment will provide.
“Upon my retirement in June, I am looking forward to rediscovering many of the interests I’ve not had time to pursue of late and to volunteering.
“In the meantime, I remain committed to continuing to lead the force and support local communities as we hopefully return to a more normal way of life as the current restrictions ease.”Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, Staffordshire Police
Staffordshire Commissioner Matthew Ellis paid tribute to the “great legacy” created by the Chief Constable.
“‘Gareth has led the force through a huge period of change and a challenging financial landscape over the last few years and not least over the last 12 months with the pandemic.
“The enormous changes in crime and the way it’s committed needed new thinking and a new approach, which Gareth has brought successfully to Staffordshire.
“Policing in Staffordshire is amongst the most effective in the country with currently one of the lowest levels of crime.
“He leaves a great legacy and the force in excellent shape to meet the ever-changing challenges of the future.
“I want to thank Gareth on behalf of the people across Staffordshire for his huge contribution in making our wonderful county even safer for us all.
“I wish him all the very best when he leaves in a few months’ time”Staffordshire Commissioner Matthew Ellis