Former deputy police and crime commissioner Ann Griffith has been confirmed as the Plaid Cymru candidate for the position of commissioner.
Ms Griffith, who grew up in Barmouth, secured the nomination after Arfon Jones confirmed he would not be seeking re-election.
She said it was an “honour” to be chosen and described herself as the “continuity candidate”.
Ms Griffith served as the county councillor for the Bro Aberffraw ward until 2017.
She was appointed to the role of deputy in 2016 to assist Arfon Jones shortly after his election and has previously worked as a psychiatric social worker. She also served a public appointment role within the Ministry of Justice.
Confirming her candidacy for the role of police and crime commissioner of North Wales, Ms Griffith said she would put victims at the “very heart of the criminal justice system”, would prioritise the “well-being of police officers and staff” and would “guarantee” an “efficient and effective” police force.
The elections will be held on 6 May.
“I’m honoured to have been chosen by Plaid Cymru,” she said.
“Having worked behind the scenes as deputy I understand the requirements of the role better than anyone and will be able to start with immediate effect – which is essential during this pandemic.
“As the continuity candidate, I have extensive experience of engaging and consulting with communities across the region and understand the issues and pressures that exist.
“People are worried about their families, friends and neighbours. They’re worried about the vulnerable. They’re worried about children, young people, adults with mental health issues disabilities, and older people. I shall expect the force to prioritise all of these groups.
“I will put victims at the very heart of the criminal justice system. But in order to do this, police officers and staff must be well looked after themselves – and I will have their safety and well-being at the forefront of my mind. For them to care and protect the vulnerable they must be well cared for themselves.
“This is especially true of this time when officers and being abused more than ever whilst only doing their job – protecting the public and preventing crime. I will ensure that they are given the best support for their physical and mental well-being.
“My background is as a registered social worker who has always worked together with the police across every county in north wales child protection, safeguarding older people and people with mental health problems.
“I will serve the people of north Wales with probity, fairness and justice and will guarantee a police force that is both efficient and effective.