Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh
Nick Alston said: “Stephen Kavanagh is an exceptional police officer who currently holds an important position as Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police Service. During the selection process, Stephen’s passion to lead Essex Police for a full four years and to serve the people of Essex was crystal clear. We had an outstanding field of candidates, of whom Stephen was the very best. Therefore, I have decided to use the discretion given to me under the legislation to ensure that Stephen is remunerated at the top end of the agreed national range.”
The remuneration for Chief Constables is subject to the provisions of the Police Act 1996, the Police Regulations 2003 and subsequent amendments, and determinations by the Secretary of State. Police and Crime Commissioners have the power to set the Chief Constable’s basic pay within a plus or minus ten percent range, but only at the time that the appointment is made.
Nick Alston added: “Essex Police is one of the largest employers in Essex, and I find it hard to imagine a more important job than keeping us all safe. I am confident that Stephen will work tirelessly on behalf of the people of Essex.”
In addition, all Essex Police officers of Assistant Chief Constable rank and above are entitled to a flat rate allowance of fifteen percent of salary, and this is consistent with the practice of other regional forces such as Kent Police. As Mr Kavanagh began his police service prior to September 1st, 1994, he is also entitled to a housing allowance.
Chief Constable Kavanagh’s total remuneration, including allowances, will be £192,163 per annum.
Mr Kavanagh begins work as Chief Constable of Essex Police on May 7th, 2013.