Joy resigns to fight election
A LEADING politician has quit as a police authority member so she can concentrate on running for election as Staffordshire's first police and crime commissioner.
Burslem councillor Joy Garner tendered her resignation from Staffordshire Police Authority at the end of last month.
But as there are just weeks to go before the public goes to the polls on November 15 to vote for a commissioner, the vacancy is likely to lie unfilled.
Mrs Garner is the Labour candidate for the brand new post and will be going head-to-head with the Conservative's Matthew Ellis.
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Police and crime commissioners will replace police authorities in England.
These individuals will be responsible for setting the police budget and deciding on the precept for council tax. They will also have powers to hire and fire chief constables.