CHESHIRE Chief Constable Peter Fahy is leaving to take up the post of Chief Constable of Greater Manchester.
Mr Fahy’s appointment follows the suspected suicide on Snowdon of the post’s previous incumbent, Mike Todd.
Mr Fahy, who has been the county’s top cop since December 2002, has made a name for himself at a national level because of his hard-line on under-age drinking, particularly in the light of the murder of Warrington man Garry Newlove at the hands of three drunken teenagers.
Mr Fahy, 45, who lives in Northwich with his wife and four children, told a Greater Manchester Police press conference in Salford: “Mike Todd was a remarkable police leader. I knew him well and admired him. He has left firm foundations to build upon.”
However, he added: “I am my own person. I think we have achieved a lot in Cheshire, and I realise that Manchester is a bigger challenge, but I believe I have the profile and commitment to work with staff on the force.”
Peter Nurse, chairman of the Police Authority, congratulated Mr Fahy on his new appointment.
He said: “During his five years as Chief Constable in Cheshire, Peter Fahy has been very successful in developing the constabulary and reducing crime levels, all of which has made a real difference to the people of Cheshire, police officers and staff.”