Thank you for your patience in awaiting my response.
I can confirm that we do not intend to try to fit in an appointment process before the pre-election period starts, and I share your view that the PCC elected in May should decide on who is appointed. In the interests of mitigating against any delay however I am exploring the feasibility of opening the recruitment advert before 19 March, so that the PCC elected in May can shortlist directly once in post. I am also planning the process and panels for interviewing.
If you have thoughts that you would like to me take into account in this planning, I am happy to arrange a call between us.
Please let me know; and I hope you are keeping well