The Temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police has been named as the preferred candidate to take on the role full-time.
John Robins, who has been in the role on a temporary basis since December, has been named as Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson's preferred candidate.
Mr Robins joined West Yorkshire Police in 1990 and was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in 2017.
A panel will confirm West Yorkshire's new Chief Constable next month.
Former chief Dee Collins retired in April over "health issues".