Western District Commander Jonathan Higgins has been promoted to Assistant Commissioner.
Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine formalised Assistant Commissioner Higgins’ contract in person on Monday.
Assistant Commissioner Higgins will have responsibility for specialist services including marine rescue, counter-terrorism and education and training.
Assistant Commissioner Higgins said he had been “pleasantly surprised” by the promotion.
“I’ve got a diverse range of skills, not just in the Western District but my past in community leadership and collaboration,” Assistant Commissioner Higgins said.
“It will be sad to leave the Western District, but I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Commissioner Hine said Assistant Commissioner Higgins’ outstanding skills in strategic leadership had made him an ideal candidate for the position.
He said the recruitment process involved an interview in front of a panel, which included a representative from Victoria Police.
“He’s a strong person that collaborates and networks to get the outcomes we desire,” Commissioner Hine said.
“He’s shown he can work with the community to show them we’re providing a service with successful outcomes.”
Assistant Commissioner Higgins signed a five-year contract and will start in Hobart on Wednesday.
“People in senior positions tend to move around as they apply for promotions, but there’s strong leadership in the Western District,” Commissioner Hine said.
“Jonathan’s vision is to recognise, build and support people across the organisation and the crucial work they do by providing strategic leadership.”