South Wales Police commissioner to advertise for deputy and assistant
THE South Wales Police commissioner is recruiting a deputy and an assistant — and each job comes with a £66,000 pay packet.
Alun Michael has placed adverts in Welsh papers today seeking applicants for the jobs.
The choice of deputies has been a running controversy since the role of commissioners was created last year, with accusations of cronyism dogging many appointments across Wales and England.
Mr Michael said he wanted a "clear and transparent" process of appointing his deputies, which also ensured the best candidates got the jobs.
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He said: "These roles in South Wales are open for anyone to apply so that the process of recruitment is clear and transparent.
"The key requirement is to get the best people for these roles — people who have the experience and ability to show leadership in working closely and well with the police while challenging the police when that is necessary, as well as working with local government and other agencies and local community organisations as we set about further reducing crime and antisocial behaviour across South Wales."
Commissioners were elected in each police force area in Wales and England for the first time in November.
The London Government said commissioners — which replaced police authorities — would make policing in their areas more accountable.
Under the legislation they are allowed to make a personal selection for the role of deputy — something which has provoked an outcry, including in Gwent where the commissioner, Ian Johnston, appointed his former police officer colleague, friend and campaign election agent friend Paul Harris as his second-in-command.
Commissioners have inherited the budgets of the now defunct police authorities, which in the case of South Wales is some £834,948.
They are required by law to have a chief officer and a finance officer, but how they spend the rest of the money is up to them.
The former chief executive of the South Wales Police Authority, Cerith Thomas, has become Mr Michael's chief of staff and will earn £67,000 — down from his previous £87,360.
Mr Michael is also advertising for the financial officer job, a post which will advise on the budget and financial scrutiny. The position comes with a £81,505 salary pro rata for two or three days per week — the position of treasurer of the old authority paid £79,479 pro rata for two days per week.
Meanwhile the Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner — Christopher Salmon — has not yet decided on his deputy.
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