Chief Constable Phil Gormley resigns

Phil Gormley has quit as Police Scotland Chief Constable with immediate effect amidst multiple misconduct/bullying probes into his time as Chief Constable.

He has been on special leave since last September.

Chief Constable Resigns | Image Credit: PA Images

Gormley said in a statement today:

“The events since November 2017 have led me to the conclusion that it is impossible for me to resume my duties in a meaningful way prior to the end of my contract.”

He now wishes to “prioritise the health and wellbeing” of his family. Mr Gormley has always denied any wrongdoing.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has faced questioning over his role in the Scottish Police Authority reversing its decision to allow Mr Gormley to return to work last November – Image Credit: Flickr

The SPA, which oversees the country’s single national force, said he would not be required to work his contractual notice period.

It said he would receive a payment in respect of his salary for a three month notice period, and for his outstanding annual leave pay.

But Mr Gormley will receive no other settlement or severance payment from the SPA.

The chairwoman of the SPA, Susan Deacon, said Mr Gormley had made a “significant contribution to policing in Scotland”.

She added: “I would like to thank him for this contribution and wish him well for the future. This has been a challenging period for all concerned, and in the interest of policing in Scotland we now need to move on”.

Taking questions from MSPs this afternoon, the Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said he has spoken with Susan Deacon who will undertake the appointment of a new chief constable. Mr Matheson said he is encouraged by Ms Deacon’s commitment.

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