Voters have chosen Conservative John Dwyer as Cheshire's first police and crime commissioner.
The retired assistant chief constable went head to head with Labour's John Stockton using the second preference after neither scored an overall majority.
Mr Dwyer recorded 48,591 votes compared to Mr Stockton's 37,350.
Eliminated aftre the first round of voting were: Sarah Flannery (Independent), 18,596 votes, Ainsley Arnold (Liberal Democrat), 10,653; Louise Bours (UK Independence Party), 8,557.
Turnout in Cheshire was a 14pc with vast numbers staying away from polling stations.
Celebrating his triumph Mr Dwyer said: "I am honoured to take the post and will be delivering the mandate in my manifesto in the near future. I will not let you down."
Mr Dwyer retired 11 years ago as Assistant Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary, after a 30-year career in the police.
He was also a councillor on Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council before its move into the Cheshire East authority.
The PCC will replace Cheshire Police Authority and will have a statutory duty to hold the police to account on behalf of the public.
Mr Dwyer has the power to set the budget, govern how the force tackles crime, and has power to fire or fire the Chief Constable.
Close analysis of turnout revealed Cheshire East recorded 47,736 votes, 16.7pc of the electorate, Cheshire West (13.2), Halton (9.6) and Warrington (13.3).
There were 5,047 rejected ballots.