Alec Wood has been announced as the preferred candidate for the chief constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
Mr Wood joined Lincolnshire Police in 1986, where he served in both uniform and CID roles including head of crime.
He was a senior investigating officer for a number of years and also the head of crime, during which time he oversaw a number of complex murder and serious crime investigations.
As a chief superintendent, he was divisional commander at both the East (Skegness) and West (Lincoln) Divisions, and in 2009 was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, responsible for protective services.
He became ACC (Operations) in Derbyshire, where he remained for two years before returning to Lincolnshire as T/DCC.
He became acting chief constable during the temporary suspension of Neil Rhodes.
Mr Wood has an MA in Criminology.
Mr Wood was appointed deputy chief constable at Cambridgeshire Constabulary in June 2013 and has recently served as the lead for behavioural science and partnership.
Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner Sir Graham Bright said: “I would like to congratulate Alec on reaching this milestone in the recruitment process.
“In the meantime Alec will continue in his role as temporary chief constable and I look forward to continue to work with him in this capacity.”