16:14 Wednesday 06 March 2013

Chief fire officer hired for £55k two-day-a-week police post

Written byGEMMA GARDNER

HERTFORDSHIRE’S Chief Fire Officer has been named as the head of police and crime commissioner David Lloyd’s office.

The news follows the resignation of the commissioner’s chief executive Andrew White on Thursday last week.

Roy Wilsher will be paid approximately £55,000 a year for the two-day-a-week role of chief executive officer of the Hertfordshire office of the police and crime commissioner.

It will be a secondment from his role as chief fire officer and head of community safety at Hertfordshire County Council.

Mr Wilsher will continue his other roles, but will withdraw from a number of national and international duties.

In a letter to members of the police and crime panel, Mr Lloyd wrote: “Roy will be known to most of you and he brings a wealth of experience working in the emergency services at a local, national and international level. The capacity for closer working between the county council, fire service and the constabulary is a fantastic opporunity that could lead to more efficient and better aligned support and operational services.”

In the letter, Mr Lloyd said he intended for Mr Wilsher to take over the role from Monday April 1 depending on the views of the panel.

Speaking this week, Mr Lloyd said: “This has been something Andrew and I had been discussing over many months.

“It’s always been part of the plan as the role has changed significantly since the police authority went after my election and it was his idea to move on. Hopefully we’ve got in place his succession plan. Roy Wilsher will be doing it on a part-time basis. I wanted someone who could bring together partnership working.

“He will bring a great deal of experience and it’s a good deal for taxpayers, as I have reduced the amount being paid for a chief executive.”

On February 13, the Herts deputy police and crime commissioner Rachel Frosh left office after she became embroiled in a Twitter row about Hitler.

Mr White became chief executive of the former Herts Police Authority in 2007 and oversaw the introduction of a commissioner in 2012.

He said: “I had been looking to move on from the world of police governance since before the November election.

“I will miss working with David, my team and the constabulary, but I am proud to be leaving at a time when performance is really strong, finances are in a good shape and a clear path is set for the future.”

Mr White’s departure was attacked by Conservative Mr Lloyd’s Lib Dem opposition at County Hall.

Cllr Chris White (St Albans Central) said: “Herts can only be more and more disturbed by the way Commissioner Lloyd is managing the police service, although managing would seem to be a kind word. Who’s next to go?”

Dr Frosh has since been reinstated onto the Conservative party candidacy list.

Writing on her blog, she said: “I had my interview with Conservative Central Office.

“Having looked at the facts, they could see that I was totally and completely unfairly misrepresented in the mainstream press.”

Conservative Central Office was contacted for a comment but did not respond.

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