Anthony Hogg has been elected as Devon and Cornwall's first Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Conservative candidate beat North Devon councillor Brian Greenslade in the second round of counting.
Independent candidate Mr Greenslade and Mr Hogg both went through to the second round of counting, having received 55,257 and 24,719 votes respectively in the first count.
Devon and Cornwall were the last of 41 areas in England and Wales to announce the results of the PCC election.
Each of the 41 police forces across England and Wales now have an elected Police and Crime Commissioner, meaning chief constables in these areas are no longer be answerable to the home secretary but to their local PCC.
The commissioners are likely to be paid between £65,000 and £100,000 and they have been brought in to hold local police forces to account, not to run them.
The role of the PCC will include appointing chief constables, organising local policing priorities, overseeing progress, and setting out the force budget.
The major political parties have been highly involved in the PCC elections, with only 42 of 192 candidates not linked to a specific party.
London was not been included in the elections as it already has an elected mayor who stands as the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Metropolitan.