Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick is facing fresh calls to resign in the wake of the Neil Rhodes suspension saga.
The county’s Police and Crime Panel has told Mr Hardwick to submit a written apology to Mr Rhodes following his controversial suspension and subsequent reinstatement last year.
In a statement on his website, Mr Hardwick says he will apologise - but not until Mr Rhodes returns from leave on February 24.
Both men have said they are happy to work together - for the good of Lincolnshire Police.
Mr Hadrwick’s initial decision led to an investigation that cost council taxpayers £165,000.
A special report criticised Mr Hardwick, saying he had damaged his own reputation.