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Police chief’s early exit is a big mistake
THE North Yorkshire Police Authority have made a big mistake in refusing to extend the term of office of the departed chief constable.
Mr Maxwell was an experienced police officer who showed great leadership and turned the county into the best policed area in the country. He should have remained in office until his proper date of retirement.
The mistake made by Mr Maxwell was unfortunate, but it was not a sacking offence, and the tribunal who investigated the matter dealt with it fairly and it should have rested there.
Mr Maxwell admitted his error and the tribunal dealt with it with no recommendation that he should be dismissed from his post or required to resign.
The North Yorkshire Police Authority, however, refused to extend his term in office, resulting in approximately £250,000 in compensation having to be paid. In addition they also have to pay for his pension and of the salary for the new chief constable.
I would like to wish Mr Maxwell good health and a long pleasant retirement. I am sure that many others in York and district would like to do the same for the excellent work that the chief constable and his officers put in to make North York’s a safer place.
I would say to Mr Julian Smith MP, who has called for new legislation to abolish big compensation pay-outs, that any such legislation will apply equally to Members of Parliament.
Mr D Scorgie, Hawthorne Avenue, Haxby, York.