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South Wales Police commissioner to advertise for deputy and assistant

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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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.

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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  • Dr_Conker  |  January 19 2013, 12:47AM

    godisalie, perhaps one is being a little over-zealous with regards to one's recent self appointment, viz, that of Evening post grammar inspector. Maybe one should clearly differentiate that a commentator's ability to spell words is completely dissimilar to making typographical errors. Further being a pedant is not conducive to the topic in hand Absolutely corrupt and disgusting how heaps of taxpayers money has been spent on a referendum that nobody wanted or took notice of to appoint a commissioner, only to have the deputy and other staff enrolled by cronyism

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  • godisalie  |  January 18 2013, 1:04AM

    "Lordcharles" needs to learn how to spell.

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  • Jiffy  |  January 17 2013, 8:17PM

    So far, the only cronyism associated with the police commissioners have been where the tory candidates have won. Why am I not surprised!

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  • VISIONSKI  |  January 17 2013, 7:23PM

    Dare I say it what started as one post suddenly becomes 2,3 perhaps more, great way to improve policing in Wales or as others may say off loading one`s responsibilities!

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  • Eric_Pode  |  January 17 2013, 7:07PM

    Giving financial info to plod - The dream ticket. Sgt. Davies of Llanelli was only bunged 50000 smackers this year even though he snatched 5k of H off his patch in the 1st half. Bleeding sickening innit?

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  • koujar  |  January 17 2013, 7:04PM

    and i hope this job will be the only job the applicants have!!! that they will not be fitting it into their other work schedules

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 17 2013, 6:43PM

    lordcharles any complaints should be sent to 10 downing street, that's where this all originated

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  • Portal_Bot  |  January 17 2013, 6:39PM

    Here's the link that provides details of the Finance Officer, South Wales Police vacancy: http://tinyurl.com/9wndv34 Go for it! You've got nothing to lose.

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  • lordcharles  |  January 17 2013, 5:26PM

    I wonder if Mr Michaels son, who l believe stood for a PCC post in another area, will be one of the best men for the job, when the interview process is complete. The creation of the PCC post was supposed to be a more efficient and value for money role yet it appears there may be more staff posts being created. Am, l alone in having my doubts on the worth of these posts. Also a 3.6% pay rise for the fianacial director, weren't public sector salaries frozen, l forgot, apparently, that may not apply to politicians and their sraff!

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  • BossHogg  |  January 17 2013, 12:41PM

    I still have doubts as to whether these roles offer value for money. £66k for doing what?

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