New ACCs appointed to Police Scotland Leadership team

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Kenny MacDonald and Gary Ritchie appointed as Assistant Chief Constables.

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has today (Tuesday 14 May 2019) announced the appointment of Kenny MacDonald and Gary Ritchie as Assistant Chief Constables (ACC) with Police Scotland.

Announcing the appointment, Susan Deacon, Chair of the SPA said:

“Over the last year, the SPA has made a number of senior appointments which have brought strength and stability to the leadership of Police Scotland.

“I am delighted to announce today the appointment of Kenny MacDonald and Gary Ritchie as Assistant Chief Constables with Police Scotland. I am confident that both individuals will bring a range of skills that will further enhance and support the Chief Constable and wider leadership team.”

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone added:

“Kenny and Gary are experienced and respected officers who have served communities across Scotland over the years.

“Their appointments follow a robust recruitment process with high quality candidates and will further strengthen our stable and effective leadership team.”

Kenny MacDonald Biography

Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald has been deputy Senior Responsible Officer for the Digitally Enabled Policing Programme, a key component of Police Scotland’s ten year strategy, since August 2018.

Between 2016 and 2018 he was Divisional Commander for Edinburgh, where he gained substantial experience commanding significant events including the Hogmanay Street Party, the Edinburgh Festival and the visit of the President of the United States.

In 2015 he was promoted to temporary Chief Superintendent as Divisional Commander for Lanarkshire Division, having been posted to support superintendent in Edinburgh just after the inception of Police Scotland in 2013.

Chief Superintendent MacDonald joined the legacy Strathclyde Police in 1994 and was initially based in the Clydebank area and held various uniformed roles up to superintendent across the service.

Gary Ritchie Biography

Chief Superintendent Gary Ritchie has been working in the Operational Change and Resilience portfolio since late 2018, having been seconded from his role as Local Policing Commander at Dumfries and Galloway Division.

He had been promoted to Chief Superintendent at Dumfries and Galloway in 2016, having previously been a support superintendent in Edinburgh.

On inception of Police Scotland, Chief Superintendent Ritchie led the Local Policing Development and Support team as both a temporary and substantive Superintendent from 2013 to 2015.

He joined the legacy Strathclyde service in 1991 initially in Irvine and had various uniform and corporate support roles in North Ayrshire and Glasgow, latterly as Area Commander in North Ayrshire from 2010.

Additional Information

The SPA launched a recruitment campaign for an Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) on 22 March 2019. As a result of the appointment of Malcolm Graham as Deputy Chief Constable on 26 April, this resulted in an additional ACC vacancy.

The appointments follow a rigorous process of recruitment and selection conducted by the SPA.

This ACC appointment panel was chaired by Susan Deacon, Chair of the SPA, and comprised:

• Iain Livingstone, Chief Constable of Police Scotland
• Matt Smith, SPA Board Member
• Professor Carol Tannahill, Director of Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) and external panel member

Gill Imery, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland was an advisor to the panel.

The salary for an Assistant Chief Constable within Police Scotland is £123,804.