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South Wales Police commissioner names his £66,000 deputy and assistant

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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THE South Wales Police commissioner Alun Michael has appointed his new deputy and assistant.

The second-in-command will be former Cardiff councillor and special advisor to the Welsh Government, Sophie Howe, while the assistant commissioner will be the former deputy chief constable of South Wales Police, Dave Francis.

Both roles come with a £66,000 pay packet.

Mr Michael said: "These two appointments complete my top leadership team to help take work forward.

"Both Sophie and Dave provide a breadth of experience and knowledge which will assist both myself and Chief Constable Peter Vaughan in taking forward our priorities and to tackle the issues that matter to our communities."

The selection of deputies and assistants has been a controversial issue since the office of commissioners came in to being last November, with accusations of cronyism dogging many appointments.

Under the legislation commissioners are able pick their favoured candidates without a formal selection process.

Mr Michael advertised for the posts in Welsh newspapers last month and enlisted the help of the force's chief constable and the chief executive of Bridgend Council in picking the winners.

The new deputy commissioner said she was looking forward to the role.

Mrs Howe said: "Having been involved in developing the Welsh Government's policy and legislative proposals for the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls and Domestic Abuse Bill, I am keen to get to work with partners from across South Wales to tackle this important and largely invisible issue.

"We need to work together to overcome this problem, at the same time as tackling other issues such as online crime and child abuse and reducing overall crime."

Mr Francis, who spent 30 years in South Wales Police before becoming chairman of the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, said that while the prospect of being part of the commissioner's team and working with the chief constable was exciting, equally important for him were "the vision and values" held by Alun Michael.

The commissioner will present his choice of deputy and assistant to members of the police and crime panel on February 15 for formal confirmation.

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  • Jiffy  |  February 08 2013, 8:09AM

    DuncanHiggitt - the press officer of Plaid complaining about the Labour party. Whatever next !

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  • Gowercitizen  |  February 08 2013, 7:43AM

    How much tax does Neathboy234 pay I wonder?

  • DuncanHiggitt  |  February 08 2013, 7:21AM

    Sophie Howe is also a prominent member of the Labour party, having stood against Mark Drakeford in internal party elections for the Cardiff West candidacy for the 2011 Assembly elections.

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  • twinkles12  |  February 07 2013, 5:58PM

    Police and Crime Commissioner = £85,000 Deputy = £66,000 Assistant = £66,000 Total = £217,000 In the meantime, South Wales Police's Chief Constable earns £148,000 - or near enough. Politics have worked their way into policing? Neverrrrrrrr

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 07 2013, 5:18PM

    Gowercitizen under the old police authority they use to spend 800k, besides it's like saying why do we have to have MP's, isn't the PM enough!!!!!!!!!

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  • Gowercitizen  |  February 07 2013, 4:17PM

    Why does he need a Deputy and an Assistant? Isn't his salary large enough for him to carry out his job by himself. More burden on taxpayer.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 07 2013, 1:40PM

    Zoomer does it state that a member of a political party cannot take the job, isn't Mr Michael a member of a certain party!

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  • Zoomer  |  February 07 2013, 1:20PM

    The two new appointments'. Are they Plaid, Conservative or Lib-Dem card carrying members ?

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 07 2013, 10:06AM

    It looks like a good team, now we will find out if Cameron's plan to make the police work more effectively actually works.

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