Disapproval over PCCdeputy
Police boss Katy Bourne is standing by her controversial decision to appoint a Conservative councillor as her deputy.
The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is going ahead with the appointment of Steve Waight as her number two despite the panel that scrutinises her work deciding not to recommend him for the post.
Katy Bourne announced her intention to appoint Steve Waight as her full-time deputy on £45,000 a year last month but at a special convened meeting of the panel on Friday members said it would not be recommending Mr Waight, a West Sussex county councillor who was also on the former Sussex Police Authority.
Panel chairman Brad Watson said the panel, which scrutinises the commissioner’s performance, had questioned Mr Waight and Ms Bourne last week before considering its decision.
“We were concerned that Mr Waight would not be able to devote enough time to this demanding job, given his commitment to other local authorities,” Mr Watson said.
“The fact we felt unable to recommend the proposed appointment clearly demonstrates that the panel is acting as it should - as a scrutiny body independent of the commissioner.”
The final choice on whether to appoint a deputy lay with commissioner Katy Bourne who said this week she had “carefull considered” the panel’s points but was standing by her decision.
“I am confident Steve Waight’s proven ability and experience will enable him to fulfil the role to the high standard required for the people of Sussex,” she said.
“He has a proven track record at a senior level in police governance, public sector finance and working with local people and communities. Furthermore, I am confident that his public duties as a councillor will enhance his role.
“In accordance with my drive for transparency and taking into consideration the concerns raised by the panel, I will continue to monitor his performance and time commitment and this will be available for public scrutiny.”
Mr Waight said he was looking forward to his new post.
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