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County councillor shocked by Staffordshire Police Authority decisions

Cllr Matthew Ellis

Cllr Matthew Ellis

A county councillor has said he is “appalled” at plans by Staffordshire Police Authority to appoint a highly-paid chief executive at the same time as disbanding the force’s motorcycle unit.

The comments came from Cllr Matthew Ellis (Cons, Lichfield Rural East) in the wake of the news that front line services could be cut.

And he claims that a pay packet approaching £100,000 for a new chief executive would be topped up by a hefty severance payment if the Government plans for a reform of policing go ahead.

Cllr Ellis explained:

“The thick end of £100,000 annual salary for a brand new Police Authority chief executive seems extraordinary just as they are looking to cut front line services by disbanding the motorcycle police unit.

“This decision comes despite protests from Conservatives on the Police Authority – and then there is the fact the chief executive will only be around until the demise of Staffordshire Police Authority means there will likely be a decent severance payout in due course.”

The decision is the latest move by Staffordshire Police Authority to come under fire from Cllr Ellis. He has previously told of his fury at a decision by the organisation to increase their portion of the council tax bill.

And now the Conservative county councillor has described their latest decision as “wasting” public money. He said:

“Until a couple of years ago the Police Authority was administered, on a relative shoestring, by the county and the chief exectutive then was the County’s Chief Officer on a very part time basis. Not so now, as recently the Police Authority has grown in admin and massively in costs.

“The County even offered to have Staffordshire’s Chief Officer cover the interim for the Police Authority as in the past, but no. This was debated by the county and every party but the Liberal Democrats were utterly appalled at the likely scrapping of the police motorcycles in favour of a new and expensive bureaucrat.

“To be clear, this is public money being wasted by unelected Police Authority appointees despite Staffordshire as a whole being run by Conservatives. Nonsense. Financial crisis, what crisis?”

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