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Chief Executive Confirmation 'Another Milestone' says Commissioner

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Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has welcomed the confirmation of Ed Chicken as his Chief Executive and says it is ‘another milestone in developing our plans for taking forward the commitment to deliver a police service which truly reflects the needs and concerns of local people.’

The Commissioner also praised what he described as the ‘very constructive and supportive’ approach taken by members of the Cleveland Police and Crime Panel at their confirmation meeting to consider the proposed appointment…and their unanimous decision to support it.

Mr Coppinger also reiterated that he would not be appointing either ‘deputy’ or ‘assistant’ Commissioners and that he would be stepping down as a Middlesbrough Councillor in the New Year…and in the meantime claiming no payments from the council.

Said the Commissioner “I believe that my first meeting with the Police and Crime Panel bodes well for an effective relationship and that we can work together for the benefit of the people whom I—and they—represent.

“An indication of that was the constructive and supportive’ approach taken by the Panel members in the confirmation meeting for my proposal to appoint Ed Chicken, on a year’s secondment, as my Chief Executive, operating on day-to-day basis under the title of Chief of Staff.

“Under the legislation setting up the new system, this is an important element in the Panel’s role of holding the Commissioner to account and I am delighted that, after hearing from myself and Mr Chicken, they gave their unanimous support to his appointment.

“This is an important step forward—and will be followed, rapidly I hope, by the appointment of a permanent Chief Constable. The post is now advertised and we expect to interview candidates at the end of January.

“I am aware that there have been reports in some parts of the country of deputy and assistant commissioners being appointed and large numbers of staff being recruited. What I can say is that this will not happen in Cleveland—no deputy or assistants and no mass recruiting drive. We have inherited an experienced and committed team from the police authority and, under Ed’s leadership, I am sure they will provide me with excellent support.

“Finally I want to again stress that I have only stayed on as a Middlesbrough Councillor for a short time so that adequate arrangements can be made to appoint my replacement. I will be resigning from the authority in the New Year and since the day I became Commissioner I have not accepted any payments from the Council to which I would be entitled.”

Posted on Thursday 13th December 2012
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