The Home Office's director general of crime and policing has announced he will be leaving to take up a role leading the fight against child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the West Midlands.
Stephen Rimmer will become the region's strategic leader on action against the sexual exploitation of children and other vulnerable people.
The position is a two year secondment and involve developing joint working to tackle CSE by seven local authorities, West Midlands Police, the criminal justice system and the voluntary sector.
Mr Rimmer said: "I am delighted to take up this role at a time when it is vitally important that agencies are working together to better identify those at risk of child sexual exploitation.
"I look forward to working with my new colleagues across the West Midlands and helping to transform services for vulnerable people and communities."
Mr Rimmer first joined the Home Office in 1984, subsequently working in the prison service and Cabinet Office before returning to the Home Office. He took on a secondment as the head of strategy at the Metropolitan Police Service before returning to the Home Office in 2007.
Mr Rimmer took up the role of director general of the crime and policing group in February 2009 and also became interim chair of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in August 2013, overseeing its transformation into the National Crime Agency.
Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill said: "On behalf of the Home Secretary and the department, may I congratulate Stephen on taking on this important new post. This is another chapter in an outstanding career of public service.
"While I am sad to see Stephen leave the Home Office, I look forward to continuing to work with him in our common endeavour to tackle child sexual exploitation. I wish him every success."
Mr Rimmer's new post will be based at Birmingham City Council.
Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council and Chair of the West Midlands Chief Executives Group, said: "I look forward to welcoming Stephen Rimmer to work with us on this issue which is of increasing importance to the region and all around the country.
"Stephen has the expertise to put into place practical measures to help this region and avoid the problems experienced by other authorities. These issues don't work to boundaries and by working together we can make a real difference."