The hunt is on for a new northern region commander with the area’s top cop, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell, confirming he will step down from the role in April after nearly four years in charge.
Mr Mitchell, 58, will retire just over 40 years after joining the police force in 1981 and a year later than he first envisaged after the COVID-19 pandemic skittled his earlier plans.
Mr Mitchell returned to Newcastle in 2017 to take over the job in charge of over 2000 officers in an area from the Hawkesbury River to the Queensland border.
He had left the city in 2011 to take up his first assistant commissioner’s posting after being promoted following his time as Newcastle City local area commander.
His time as the city’s police chief included merging of the neighbouring Newcastle and Waratah police areas.
The police hierarchy are now on the hunt for a replacement for Mr Mitchell.
Two names being bandied around are another former Newcastle City police chief, Brett Greentree, who has been relieving in Sydney after leaving the job last year, and former Manning-Great-Lakes crime manager, Peter McKenna, who has been in charge of Dubbo police for several years.
A decision is expected to be made before Mr Mitchell’s last day of service on April 29.
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