CAB boss to stand

Joe Michna

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A CITIZENS Advice Bureau boss has put himself in the running to become Cleveland’s first elected police commissioner.

Joe Michna, manager of the Hartlepool bureau in Park Road, will stand as a Green Party candidate.

Mr Michna, a Middlesbrough councillor representing the Park ward, has pledged to accept only £35,000 of the Government recommended £70,000 salary for the post.

Police commissioners will replace police authorities and have a wide range of powers.

Mr Michna said: “Given the recent poor publicity, the uncertainties and the various investigations that are still taking place, Cleveland Police force is crying out for strong and forceful leadership.

“If elected, that is what I will provide – strong and robust leadership above all else.

“I will be the ‘people’s representative’ and not that of the Cleveland Police force.”

His manifesto includes monthly neighbourhood crime and security walkabouts in different areas of Cleveland and more bobbies on bikes.

Mr Michna said voters need a broad range of choices when deciding which candidate to support at the November 15 election.

Three other candidates have put themselves forward so far for the Cleveland police commissioner election.

They are Sultan Alam, independent, Middlesbrough councillor Barry Coppinger, Labour, and Stockton councillor Ken Lupton, Conservative.