Third time lucky for police appointment?

I READ with interest the letter of February 25 from an interested party in the election of Julia Mulligan as police commissioner – a process that was decried by the executive councillors and James Alexander, then by all and sundry within The Press letters.

The necessity for a commissioner means one ultimate figure is now responsible, not only for the appointment of a new chief constable, but also with the extended remit to make finite conclusions on operational conduct of North Yorkshire police.

This role previously never existed.

A police commissioner supersedes the police authority which only had authority over the chief constable’s decisions; a fundamental governmental change has taken place.

This should give more accountability and transparency towards police operations.

Previously, authority decisions were made by their privately elected professional members from outside the police, within meetings conducted in camera. Questions posed could govern answers given, on which the authority acted.

The commissioner is not incapable of selecting a new chief constable. All candidates may be exemplary.

That decision is affected in light of the fact that two previous chief constables departed in unusual circumstances.

Therefore the commissioner and the crime panel have this time to make the right decision. Third time lucky?

Mr A Jordan, Carr Lane, Acomb, York.

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12:33pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Oaklands Resident says...

Julia Mulligan has made an error of judgement in not appointing Tim Madgwick to the Chief Constable post on permanent basis. He has excellent local experience, is well respected across the county and has a good record of delivery.

He can rightly claim some of the credit for the reduction in crime levels that we have seen over recent years.
Julia Mulligan has made an error of judgement in not appointing Tim Madgwick to the Chief Constable post on permanent basis. He has excellent local experience, is well respected across the county and has a good record of delivery. He can rightly claim some of the credit for the reduction in crime levels that we have seen over recent years. Oaklands Resident
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5:18pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Sillybillies says...

He's tainted by close association with former discredited chief constables of the North Yorks Police, and is is normal for chief constables to be appointed from outside a force.
He's tainted by close association with former discredited chief constables of the North Yorks Police, and is is normal for chief constables to be appointed from outside a force. Sillybillies
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