Baggott’s successor to be named today

Northern Ireland's chief constable Matt Baggott
Northern Ireland's chief constable Matt Baggott

The successor to PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott is expected to be announced today after three potential replacements have been interviewed.

The 55-year-old father of three from south London was the unanimous choice of the Northern Ireland Policing Board’s seven-strong interview panel when a replacement for Sir Hugh Orde was needed in September 2009.

During the course of the day, all three applicants will appear before an interview panel – at the Policing Board offices at Clarendon Dock – consisting of: Board chair Anne Connolly; Jonathan Craig MLA; Brice Dickson, Ross Hussey MLA; Dolores Kelly MLA; Gerry Kelly MLA; Chris Lyttle MLA, Joan O’Hagan and Gearoid O hEara.

Under existing criteria, only one senior PSNI officer, Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton, is eligible to apply to succeed Mr Baggott as he fulfils the requirement to have served at least two years in another force at a senior level.

Another name frequently associated with the £195,000 vacancy is that of Garda deputy commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan.