Report by Alex Evans, Reporter
Monday, April 16, 2012
THE leader of a local authority has announced he will stand down in order to run for a top role with the police.
Ken Maddock, leader of Somerset County Council today (Mon) announced he will step down and run for Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.
Mr Maddock has held the role of leader since the Conservatives won the 2009 local election.
He said: “Deciding to stand down as council leader has been a really hard decision, a real wrench.
“But the new police role is hugely important and influential.
“With my experience in commerce, in public service, and my contacts in local, regional and national politics, I feel I have a lot to offer.”
Mr Maddock’s announcement means a leadership election will be held within the Conservative group of councillors, with a successor appointed at the council’s annual meeting in May.
Mr Maddock will remain as leader until then.
He added: “I will do everything I can to ensure a smooth transition as I hand over.
“I have worked through some of the toughest financial times in several generations and am proud of the work we have done and the achievements we have delivered within those extremely difficult budget challenges.”
The police crime commissioner post is a new role created by the Home Office.
They will be responsible for representing residents across the region as well as holding police to account.
The successful candidate will be appointed in November after a regional election.