Police Commissioner Simmonds £65K appointments cause uproar
Northamptonshire Police Commissioner Adam Simmonds has announced his three temporary assistant commissioners have all been given £65,000-a-year permanent jobs.
The appointment of Ms Buckle, who acted as Mr Simmonds’ election agent, and Mr Heaton, who worked as his press agent during last year’s election, have already been met with criticism by opposition parties and even more so by Northamptonshire's residents.
The leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition at County Hall, and member of the Police and Crime panel, County Councillor Brendan Glynane today labelled the appointments as “pure cronyism”.
He said “It really is unbelievable.
“The Conservative Police Commissioner has given his campaign staff permanent taxpayer funded jobs at £65k-a-year. Given the outcry when he doled out the positions on an interim basis you’d have thought he would have learnt. This is pure cronyism.”....Read more