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Six-figure sum on offer for another police chief
8:50am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Local
POLICE and crime commissioner Bill Longmore is hunting for a chief executive – and says the role will pay up to £103,000 a year.
The region’s elected crime boss is looking to replace David Brierley who is stepping down next March.
The six-figure salary, in line with what assistant chief constables earn, is being advertised on Mr Longmore’s website.
It comes despite concern in recent years over high senior management police salaries, with Mr Brierley’s pay scale leaping £16,600 to £108,800 three years ago – an 18 per cent hike.
Mr Longmore said the new job will be a small saving on that wage and that the selected candidate will be taking on a massive role.
They will be responsible for Mr Longmore’s office, which has a £1.4 million budget and employs 14 staff, as well as overseeing the efforts of 4,000 West Mercia Police workers led by chief constable David Shaw.
Mr Longmore said: “The chief executive role is absolutely key in helping the commissioner hold the chief constable to account, work towards the aims of the police and crime plan and continue our excellent work with the police to keep West Mercia a safe place to live and work.”
He added that he expects to go through a “very high standard” of applications once the deadline of Friday November 1 has passed.
The job will guarantee earnings of between £88,000 and £103,000, plus a pension option.
It has been criticised by the Taxpayers Alliance, which says public sector bodies need to end six-figure salaries.
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