REVEALED: ASSISTANT Chief Constable George Hamilton has just been appointed the PSNI’s new chief c0nstable.
He has accepted the offer after Justice Minister David Ford approved his recommendation from the Policing Board.
ACC Hamilton beat off strong competition from Garda Assistant Commissioner Derek Byrne and Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick.
Nine Policing Board members were on the interviewing panel this morning for the £195,000 a year job.
Each candidate were given a short period of time to prepare a 10 minute presentation on a topic they will be given on arrival.
They were each asked exactly the same questions. The questions were only finalised shortly before the interviews began at 10.30 am to stop them being leaked.
They were then scored by each panel member and the person with the highest score was recommended for the job.
Chairwoman Anne Connolly then phoned Justice Minister David Ford and told him who the panel believed ACC George Hamilton should be appointed Chief Constable.
After the Minister gave his formal approval, ACC Hamilton was contacted and offered the job.
He accepted and will take up the hot seat job in September after current Chief Constable Matt Baggott retires.
PSNI Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton is currently responsible for District Policing Rural, which covers an area of approximately 11,700 square kilometres of Northern Ireland and a population of approximately 900,000.
He joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1985 and as a detective chief inspector and detective superintendent was involved in a number of high profile investigations.
He was chief superintendent and district commander for south and east Belfast before being appointed assistant chief constable of Strathclyde police in 2009.
He returned to the PSNI in 2011 and also served in England and Wales between 1994 and 1997.
On his return to Northern Ireland in 1997 he became involved with the Patten Commission.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and Economics and a Masters in Business Administration.