Queensland’s top cop has announced his will step down from the role later this year.
Commissioner Ian Stewart has confirmed he will retire on July 7.
Commissioner Stewart has been in the role since being appointed by the Newman Government in November 2012, taking over from Bob Atkinson.
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He’s been in the force for 46 years, including stints on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Redcliffe and Townsville.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has praised Commissioner Stewart for his many years of service and says he has loyally served the people of Queensland for decades.
“Your friends are the ones who stand next to you when you are in trouble, Ian Stewart has stood next to Queensland in its hours of greatest need,” she said.
“He has served all over Queensland. He knows Queensland.”
Premier Palaszczuk has confirmed the Government would now conduct an international recruitment process to find a new Commissioner.