MARK Shelford has been elected as Avon and Somerset’s next police and crime commissioner.
The Conservative candidate received 34.4% of first preference votes and was elected after second preference votes were counted, beating Labour’s Kerry Barker.
Mr Shelford is a former Army officer and deputy leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council.
He replaces Sue Mountstevens, who served as the PCC from 2012 before standing down before the election.
Mr Shelford said: “It’s very, very exciting but it’s also quite humbling and there’s a huge responsibility placed on my shoulders. But I am raring to go.
“The most important thing is about reassuring the public that the police are there for them. It’s focusing on those crimes that the public want dealt with and making Avon and Somerset more effective and efficient and we’ll do that together.”