LINCOLNSHIRE Police Chief Constable Richard Crompton has announced his intention to retire.
He joined Lincolnshire Police in August 2004 as deputy chief constable with previous service in Cumbria, Devon and Cornwall constabularies.
Mr Crompton said he has made his decision for both personal and professional reasons.
But having led the force through great change, he believes it is now the right time to step aside and allow another to take up the reins.
In April the force commences a new contract with the strategic partner and the chief constable believes it is right that fresh leadership has the opportunity to shape and develop that crucial relationship.