Suffolk’s chief constable Simon Ash has announced that he will retire next year.
Mr Ash is eligible for retirement, having completed more than 30 years of service as a police officer.
He joined Suffolk Constabulary as chief constable in 2007.
Following his decision to retire, Mr Ash said: “My contract with Suffolk was due to come to an end earlier in the year but I decided to remain in post to oversee the transition to the Police and Crime Commissioner.
“With the election behind us, it now seems an appropriate time to hand over to a new chief constable, who can take the constabulary forward with the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore.”
Mr Ash will be taking up a position as an independent member of the Parole Board when he leaves the constabulary in February.