Staffordshire police commissioner Matthew Ellis to spend £232k on new team
STAFFORDSHIRE'S first police commissioner plans to spend up to £232,000 recruiting a civilian 'thinking team' to help him develop a radical strategy to fight crime.
Matthew Ellis is looking for three high-flying recruits to join him in setting police policy – including a chief of staff who would be paid £10,000 more than his boss.
The new chief of staff, who would be responsible for the strategic, operational and day-to-day management of the office of the police and crime commissioner, would draw a salary of £85,000.
Candidates are expected to have a degree or professional qualification, 'extensive' leadership experience in a 'complex environment' – preferably in central or local government, or within the police or criminal justice sectors.
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Mr Ellis wants his chief of staff to have, 'highly developed political awareness and sensitivity' and be 'able to persuade and influence', during what he anticipates will be a period of radical change.
In addition, the force is looking to recruit a head of commissioning and partnerships and a head of policy, performance and communications, who would each earn between £64,500 and £73,500.
Mr Ellis, a former Conservative councillor before taking his £75,000-a-year post as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), was in meetings in London yesterday and unavailable for comment on the jobs.
But in a post on his website, where the jobs are advertised, he says: "This is the first time a locally elected person has influence over all public services that can affect crime, community safety and the criminal justice system.
"As the first PCC I have a blank canvas to paint a radical new picture. It's a once only opportunity and I need other passionate people who are determined to change things for the better."
Mr Ellis appointed businesswoman and fellow Conservative Sue Arnold to the post of deputy police and crime commissioner, earning £25,000 annually for a three-day week, soon after his election.
Dean Colley, secretary of Staffordshire Police Federation, which represents beat officers, said: "It's up to him as police commissioner to appoint people as he wishes and I couldn't argue with that.
"The concern of the Police Federation would be as to where he would find the budget to fund these positions.
"We wouldn't want it to have any detrimental effect on normal policing through having to find this money."
Former Staffordshire Police inspector Nigel Gunn, who left the force in 2011, said: "At lot of PCCs have appointed deputies and assistants and given them portfolios, at least Mr Ellis is advertising, which is fairly transparent.
"But we are in danger of having a bigger PCC team than the force executive officers. It seems bizarre, I don't see how it is an improvement on the old Police Authority."
Applicants have until February 27 to apply.