A POLICE authority chairman has stepped down from his post due to the “pressures” of a criminal investigation.
Councillor Dave McLuckie has resigned from his position with Cleveland Police Authority with immediate effect despite the reported backing of fellow members.
The authority is currently subject to a police probe involving current and past members.
Coun McLuckie revealed that he has received a letter from detectives saying he is involved in the investigations, but added that he does not know what the allegations are.
He said: “It has now become clear that pressures arising from the investigation could cause significant difficulties for the authority if I was to continue as chairman, which is why I have decided to step down from that position with immediate effect.
“I believe we have achieved a great deal in recent years, underlined by the fact that we have moved from a policing service with major problems to one of the most highly-rated and successful in the country.
“I believe that together with authority colleagues I have been able to play a role in making that happen.
“I do not want to see any of that good work undermined, or to hinder the ability of the authority to make further progress and tackle the major challenges it faces.
“I believe that it is in the best interests of the authority, the public we serve, and my own interests that I step down from the chair at this point.
“I will, of course, co-operate with the investigation.
“But I repeat that I believe I have acted properly and in the interests of the public throughout my period on the authority and I will fight to defend my reputation and demonstrate that any allegations against me are without foundation.”