Acting PCC set to be appointed
An Acting Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the West Midlands is set to be appointed on Monday 14th July, it was announced today.
The move follows the sudden death of Bob Jones while in office.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel, which scrutinises and supports the PCC, is responsible for making a temporary appointment before an election is held.
Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper, who chairs the panel, said: “The Police and Crime Commissioner is a hugely important role and we expect to make a temporary appointment shortly.
“They will continue in the role until the result of an election for a PCC on August 21.
“Bob was making a huge difference as the region’s first Police and Crime Commissioner and his untimely death is an absolute tragedy.
“He was someone who was determined to give local people an effective voice and I pay tribute to the legacy he has left.”
PCCs can hire and fire chief constables and set the police budget and priorities. They serve for four years.
The post was created in 2012 to give local people a bigger say over policing.
The Police and Crime Panel is made up of 12 councillors from each of the seven local authorities in the West Midlands Police area – Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton – and two independent members.
Monday 14th July 2014, at 2p.m. In Committee Rooms 1 and 2, Dudley Council House, Priory Road, Dudley, DY1 1HF.
Update: Please note this panel meeting will now start at 2.30p.m.
West Midlands Police and Crime Panel
0121 464 6871