When I saw that Brunstrom was finally retiring on the 31st July 2009, I was wondering whether he'd got the job in the Cayman Islands; well apparently not...that job seems to have gone to David Baines, Assistant Chief Constable of Cheshire and two ranks below Brunstrom which I'm sure hasn't gone down well.(Source - Chris posting on http://www.thoughtsofoscar.blogspot.com/)
The big question now is who get's the Chief's job? As far as I can see there are only 3 with the relevant experience AND the ability to speak Welsh and they are Clive Wolfendale, the current Deputy Chief Constable, Howard Roberts, Deputy Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire and Meredydd Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire (famous for speeding in Chirk and getting banned from driving)
Despite Brunstrom's committment to providing a truly bilingual force (for which I congratulate him), he has not developed or promoted officers who can speak Welsh to senior positions. Of the top team of about 15 Superintendents and Chief Superintentents there are only two, Gareth Pritchard and Geraint Anwyl who are fluent Welsh speakers.