Police chief to move to Scottish Borders Council

Chief Superintendent Jeanette McDiarmid
Chief Superintendent Jeanette McDiarmid

The region’s top police officer is to step down to take up one of two new roles at Scottish Borders Council.

Chief Superintendent Jeanette McDiarmid, made divisional commander for the Lothians and Scottish Borders following the formation of the single police force last April, will become a depute chief executive at SBC.

Philip Barr, the current head of operational development with the City of Edinburgh Council, takes up the other depute chief executive position.

The roles were created following a restructuring of senior positions at the council.

Mrs McDiarmid will oversee the new ‘People’ department, which covers things like social work, education, and business and performance.

Mr Barr will be responsible for the new ‘Place’ department, overseeing the likes of neighbourhood services, capital projects and regulatory services.

Tracey Logan, SBC’s chief executive said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming Jeanette and Philip to the council.

“They have many strengths and excellent experience, and will play an important part in our continued work to deliver and improve our services for the people of the Borders.”

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