Mayor wants top police job

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HARTLEPOOL Mayor Stuart Drummond has revealed he will be putting himself forward to be re-elected as chair of Cleveland Police Authority.

Mayor Drummond has held the position since December and is standing for re-election at this month’s annual general meeting.

His appointment sparked controversy in town, with residents and councillors questioning his ability to hold both roles and the allowances he is paid.

But Mayor Drummond remains bullish and said he wouldn’t put himself forward if he wasn’t able to carry out his duties as CPA chair and town leader.

Mayor Drummond said: “You have to put yourself forward for nomination and I will be doing that.

“I have enjoyed my time in the role. It is a very challenging but enjoyable position to hold and I am proud to be part of it.

“There is never a dull moment but it is an excellent organisation producing some excellent results.”

Whoever is elected will hold the position for the next five months until the new Police and Crime Commissioner takes over the role in November.

Mayor Drummond added: “I would not have put myself forward last time if I didn’t think I was capable of carrying out both.

“It has been a rocky road at times but I think I have shown I am capable over the past few months.

“From a Police Authority point of view, there is only five months left before the responsibility is handed over to the Commissioner and I think it is a time for continuity and stability.”

He added it is unlikely he would put himself forward for the Police Commissioner role, as previously reported.

Police and Crime Commissioners will replace police authorities and have the power to appoint chief constables and to call on them to retire or resign. The role is expected to pay around £65,000.

Responsibilities include holding the chief constable to account, setting the police precept and budget and producing a police and crime plan.

Mayor Drummond picks up £19,940 for his police authority chairman’s commitments along with the £8,375 that all CPA members receive on a yearly basis.

He receives a special responsibility allowance of £58,135 for his role as town leader, as well as a basic allowance, which all councillors receive, of £5,767.

The Cleveland Police Authority AGM is due to take place on Thursday, June 14, at 10am at Police Headquarters, in Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough.