Outgoing Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable Colin Port has lost his legal challenge to block the recruitment of his successor.
Mr Port's bid to stop the interviews of candidates aiming to become his successor - scheduled for this Thursday and Friday - was thrown out by a High Court judge this afternoon.
He had claimed he was unlawfully called upon to retire by the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
Ms Mountstevens denied asking him to quit and insisted he "resigned unilaterally".
Mr Port, who announced in November that he would not be reapplying for the position he had held for eight years, had requested a six-month notice period prior to the interview procedure taking place.
But the judge refused permission for a judicial review of the Police and Crime Commissioner's decision.