Posted on Friday 14th July

Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane is delighted to announce that Mr Peter Astley MBE as the new Chief of Staff for the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) undertaking the role of head of the Commissioner’s staff as required by legislation.
On announcing the appointment Commissioner Keane said:
“Peter Astley is a high achieving and dedicated senior leader in the public sector who has a wealth of experience at leading high profile and important regulatory services such as planning, licensing and environmental health. Peter not only has exceptional leadership skills, that are directly relevant to the role of Chief of Staff, but also has considerable experience in working closely with the police at a local, regional, national and international level.”
Mr Astley’s appointment comes after a rigorous recruitment process which included a paper application, shortlisting, medical, personality questionnaires and police vetting. In addition, Mr Astley was subject to a Stakeholder Interview Panel to which Leaders or Chief Executive of the local councils, the Police & Crime Panel Chair and local police and fire leaders were invited. This was followed by a full competency based interview. Following the recruitment process Mr Astley attended a confirmation hearing with the Police & Crime Panel.
Mr Keane continued: “Peter performed exceptionally well throughout the recruitment process and was consistently the highest scoring candidate. I am aware that following their hearing the members of Police & Crime Panel in attendance made the decision not to recommend appointment; however, on this occasion the Panel’s recommendation is against the outcome and findings of a robust recruitment exercise. The Stakeholder Interview Panel, which was attended by the Chief Constable (and Chair of the Criminal Justice Board), the Chief Fire Officer, the Chair of the Fire Authority, a local authority Deputy Leader as well as the Vice Chair of the Police & Crime Panel, provided very positive feedback. This also translated to interview where Mr Astley performed exceptionally well and was the highest scoring candidate.”
“Peter will be a great asset to the OPCC team and will make a real difference in helping me to support and maximise the potential for policing in Cheshire to deliver key outcomes in our Communities.”