The West Midlands’ top police job has been publicly advertised with a £172,458 salary.
Police chiefs launched the search in order to replace Sir Paul Scott-Lee after he announced plans to step down next April following seven years in charge.
Sir Paul told the Police Authority in October he had decided not to renew his rolling contract and felt the time was right for a new chief constable to take over the force.
The job advert calls for inspirational leaders with “a significant record of achievement”.
It states: “Our communities will be at the heart of all you do.
‘‘You will want to be judged by their trust and confidence in the police service that you will lead.
“Your inspirational leadership will ensure that the force is recognised as innovative, influential and a top performer in all aspects of policing.
“You will need to understand and respond to the changing demographics and the complex policing environment of the West Midlands”. A number of former West Midlands Police officers have already been tipped as possible successors, including Staffordshire Chief Constable Chris Sims and boss of the neighbouring Warwickshire Police, Chief Constable Keith Bristow.
The closing date for applicants is mid-January.