SIR Clive Loader has started work after being chosen as Leicestershire’s first police and crime commissioner (PCC).
The Conservative beat Labour’s Sarah Russell as well as Independent candidate Suleman Nagdi.
The result was confirmed on Friday following the counting of second preference votes, after neither Sir Clive nor Mrs Russell managed to get 50 per cent of votes.
Mr Nagdi was eliminated after the first round.
Sir Clive, a retired RAF serviceman who spent 30 years with the forces, will be responsible for setting priorities for the force and overseeing its budget.
The turnout in Harborough district was just 18.7 per cent.
In total, 16 per cent of voters across Leicestershire turned out to vote.
In Harborough, a total of 12,408 votes were received, consisting of 7,166 ballot paper votes and 5,242 postal votes.
Sir Clive received 8,424 votes, Mrs Russell 2,262, and Mr Nagdi 1,446.
The county-wide totals were 59,915 votes for Sir Clive, 42,503 for Mrs Russell and 21,292 for Mr Nagdi.
In his victory speech, Sir Clive said he expected to spend the next two months working hard to prepare a policing plan for the county.