Cleveland Police & Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, defends £85,000 Chief of Staff post

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police & Crime Commissioner, Bary Coppinger, defends £85,000 'Chief of staff' post' Cleveland Police & Crime Commissioner, Bary Coppinger, defends £85,000 'Chief of staff' post'

A CONTROVERSIAL £85,000 job to assist Cleveland's Police & Crime Commissioner has been branded a "waste of money" by a local MP.

A full-time vacancy for a ‘Chief of Staff’ has been posted on its website with duties including strategic leadership, support and the ability to provide advice across a range of functions.

Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), has defended the advert, saying the salary was competitive to attract the best candidates.

However, James Wharton, MP for Stockton South, said that in a climate of cuts to frontline staff, the generous salary was the equivalent to three police officers.

Jobseekers have until Thursday, February 27, to apply for the job after the year-long secondment of current chief of staff Ed Chicken came to an end.

Mr Wharton criticised Mr Coppinger, who earns £70,000 a year, for retaining the post.

“Mr Coppinger complains that Cleveland Police is short of money but is now appointing a chief of staff on £85,000 plus pension to manage a small office of 12, that money could pay for three police officers.”

In December Mr Coppinger said the Government was denying £84m of grants to support local policing and reducing Cleveland's grant by £4.5m for 2014-15, meaning a 25 per cent cut in the Government grant over the past four years, with more to come.

He retorted to criticism about the appointment, saying that chief of staff role had a broader range of responsibilities than previous police authority roles and combined the job of monitoring officer, which was a legal requirement.

“To attract the right people the salary has to be competitive – this is the same in many public and private sector organisations and is in line with what other chief executives in other PCC offices are being paid,” he added.

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:39pm Sun 16 Feb 14

loan_star says...

Well what a surprise, more money wasted by a strapped cash service on the whim of a labour politician.
Well what a surprise, more money wasted by a strapped cash service on the whim of a labour politician. loan_star
  • Score: 14

5:50pm Sun 16 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

I said it originally this is just a Job creation for the BOYS. it is another tier of management that has been created behind our backs and needs to be nipped in the bud, but i fear it is to late. Why do we need them or it, put the money to better use and put police on the street where they belong.
I said it originally this is just a Job creation for the BOYS. it is another tier of management that has been created behind our backs and needs to be nipped in the bud, but i fear it is to late. Why do we need them or it, put the money to better use and put police on the street where they belong. oliviaden6
  • Score: 17

6:10pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Claude Ted says...

This feckless, dysfunctional, inept lot are at it again, no doubt another pal or ex colleague will get this role, presumably Mr Chicken.
The PCC says this is a new broader role that incorporates the role of the Monitoring Officer. This role clearly wasn't working when Coppinger & his blind pals were sat on the old police authority otherwise we wouldn't have the scandal that is Sacristy.
The pay is ludicrous for this role & they should be looking to reduce costs not increase them.
The salary isn't competitive it is grossly over the top for a public service post in an organisation that should be reducing costs.
This feckless, dysfunctional, inept lot are at it again, no doubt another pal or ex colleague will get this role, presumably Mr Chicken. The PCC says this is a new broader role that incorporates the role of the Monitoring Officer. This role clearly wasn't working when Coppinger & his blind pals were sat on the old police authority otherwise we wouldn't have the scandal that is Sacristy. The pay is ludicrous for this role & they should be looking to reduce costs not increase them. The salary isn't competitive it is grossly over the top for a public service post in an organisation that should be reducing costs. Claude Ted
  • Score: 19

7:03pm Sun 16 Feb 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!
ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 14

12:02am Mon 17 Feb 14

Colcat says...

loan_star wrote:
Well what a surprise, more money wasted by a strapped cash service on the whim of a labour politician.
As opposed to more money wasted by a strapped cash service on the whim of a Conservative politician. Or UKIP politician. Or a Liberal politician. Don't suggest that any one party is any better than any other!
[quote][p][bold]loan_star[/bold] wrote: Well what a surprise, more money wasted by a strapped cash service on the whim of a labour politician.[/p][/quote]As opposed to more money wasted by a strapped cash service on the whim of a Conservative politician. Or UKIP politician. Or a Liberal politician. Don't suggest that any one party is any better than any other! Colcat
  • Score: -3

12:18pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ian923 says...

Ridiculous! This is a totally unnecessary post at a ridiculous salary and if Coppinger can.t cope without it being filled he should resign. Or is he just creating a post where he can divert the flak to when the proverbial hits the fan.
Ridiculous! This is a totally unnecessary post at a ridiculous salary and if Coppinger can.t cope without it being filled he should resign. Or is he just creating a post where he can divert the flak to when the proverbial hits the fan. ian923
  • Score: 9

12:31pm Mon 17 Feb 14

loan_star says...

Colcat wrote:
loan_star wrote:
Well what a surprise, more money wasted by a strapped cash service on the whim of a labour politician.
As opposed to more money wasted by a strapped cash service on the whim of a Conservative politician. Or UKIP politician. Or a Liberal politician. Don't suggest that any one party is any better than any other!
The difference is the Labour have been bleating on about "savage cuts" across the board and yet this one can find £85k for an assistants wages!
[quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loan_star[/bold] wrote: Well what a surprise, more money wasted by a strapped cash service on the whim of a labour politician.[/p][/quote]As opposed to more money wasted by a strapped cash service on the whim of a Conservative politician. Or UKIP politician. Or a Liberal politician. Don't suggest that any one party is any better than any other![/p][/quote]The difference is the Labour have been bleating on about "savage cuts" across the board and yet this one can find £85k for an assistants wages! loan_star
  • Score: 5

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree