CHESHIRE’S chief constable is to become the top cop in neighbouring Greater Manchester.
Peter Fahy, who has headed the Cheshire force since late 2002, has been named as successor to Michael Todd, who was found dead on Snowdonia in March.
The 50-year-old officer disappeared after speaking of personal troubles.
On a salary of £168,000, Mr Fahy, 48, will now lead one of the country's biggest forces, which employs about 8,000 officers.
He told a news conference called after securing the appointment he had known and admired Mr Todd and that he would be a hard act to follow.
But he promised to maintain action against gun, knife and violent crime and offences involving alcohol.
Mr Fahy moved to Cheshire from his former post as deputy chief constable of Surrey, replacing Nigel Burgess on his retirement.
Before moving to Surrey as assistant chief constable in 1997, Mr Fahy held command positions in Coventry, Smethwick and Solihull.
He began his police career in 1981 with Hertfordshire Constabulary before joining West Midlands Police.
Cheshire Police Authority, which employs the chief constable, has congratulated Mr Fahy on his appointment.
Chairman Peter Nurse said: “During his five years as chief constable in Cheshire, he 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.
“His skills and experience will be a real asset to Greater Manchester Police and the communities it serves."
The authority is in discussions with Greater Manchester Police Authority about Mr Fahy’s start date.
Mr Nurse added: “We will now start the process to find a new chief constable for Cheshire and hope to make an appointment later this year.
“If any interim arrangements are necessary the current deputy, Graeme Gerrard will be appointed as acting chief constable and the authority has every confidence in his leadership during this period.”