Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has announced his intention to appoint Robert Tromans as his deputy. Mr Tromans, who is councillor on Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council, is set to take up the role on a part-time basis, serving with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner three days a week.
The appointment is subject to an appearance before a confirmation hearing held by the Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel, scheduled for July 24. Pending the outcome of the hearing, Mr Tromans is expected to take up his new role in August.
The decision to appoint a deputy follows an extensive recruitment process, which began last year and saw two previous rounds of interviews fail to find a suitable candidate. On each occasion, a panel comprising the Commissioner, OPCC chief executive Neil Hewison and former Warwickshire Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Eric Wood subjected each shortlisted candidate to a rigorous interview process.
Mr Seccombe said: “I was clear from the outset that I wanted to appoint the right candidate and not just make an appointment for appointment’s sake. It was important to find someone with the right mix of skills and experience to support me in my role as commissioner and, while it has taken a little while longer than originally anticipated, I am pleased that I have been able to find that mix of qualities with Robert.
“He brings a wealth of experience from his public and business life and will be invaluable to assisting me in my role as I continue to the work to deliver a safer, more secure Warwickshire. I look forward to welcoming Robert as part of my team following his confirmation hearing.”
Mr Tromans, who first moved to the north of the county as a child, runs a specialist consultancy firm and lives in Nuneaton with his wife and teenage son. He is a borough councillor for the St Nicholas ward in Nuneaton and serves on the council’s Audit, Planning and Standards committees. He has served as a school governor, is a long-time youth sport volunteer and is also a strong advocate for Neighbourhood Watch as a member and former scheme co-ordinator.