Gwent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston has admitted he told Chief Constable Carmel Napier to retire or be forced out.
Mr Johnston made the admission on BBC Radio Wales after the South Wales Argus published details of a leaked document outlining a meeting he had with Mrs Napier on May 23.
According to the newspaper, the notes of the meeting state that Mr Johnston told Mrs Napier: “In my judgement you have lost the confidence of the public of Gwent and of your officers and staff.
“I find your managerial style to be unacceptably dismissive, abrupt and unhelpful.
“You have failed appropriately to manage external and internal relations.
“You are deeply hostile to the very concept of the office of PCC.”
Speaking on BBC Radio Wales on Tuesday morning, Mr Johnston admitted the contents of the meeting were true.
He said: “The relationship was never going to work because one of the parties never accepted the concept of police and crime commissioners.”
Mr Johnston said morale in the force was at a low and added: “I had a civilised discussion with the chief constable, I thought we had an agreement that she would retire and access her pension and lump sum and we’d both call it a day.
“But obviously somebody has leaked this document to the Argus and it’s not me and it’s not my staff. I’m not going to deny that the meeting took place, I’m not going to deny the details in the Argus are not true.”