Somerset County Council leader to stand down to run for Police Commissioner

Somerset County Council leader stands down to run for Police Commissioner

Somerset County Council leader stands down to run for Police Commissioner

First published in News

Somerset County Council leader Ken Maddock is standing down to run for the role of Avon and Somerset Police's first Crime Commissioner.

Mr Maddock has held the role of leader at the County Council since the Conservatives won the 2009 local election.

He announced his intention to seek the Conservative Party nomination to stand as Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset today.

Successful candidates will stand in a regional election due to be held in November.

Mr Maddock said: “Deciding to stand down as Somerset County 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 intention to resign will bring about a leadership election within the Conservative group of councillors and a successor will be approved through a vote at the Council’s annual meeting in May – Mr Maddock will then formally step down.

He will continue to represent his Mendip South ward as an elected council member.

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.”

Reacting to the news, Liberal Democrat group leader Cllr Sam Crabb said Mr Maddock's time in office would be remembered for the 'appalling' Southwest One fiasco and cuts to frontline services.

He said: "He tried to blame Southwest One for failing to deliver savings but he was the one who should have been getting the savings through.

"I'd be astonished if the Conservatives picked him as their candidate for Police Commissioner given his record at the County Council and Mendip District Council."

The PCC post is new and according to the Home Office website the remit will be “to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within each force area”.

The Home Office states that PCCs will not be expected to run the police. Instead the successful candidate in Avon and Somerset’s role is to represent residents across the region and to hold the Police to account.

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9:17pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Mi_Coc says...

This just shows how deluded he is! Does he expect to be elected after the southwest one white elephant.

I think his odds are better for wining lottery so I would get hima ticket.
This just shows how deluded he is! Does he expect to be elected after the southwest one white elephant. I think his odds are better for wining lottery so I would get hima ticket. Mi_Coc
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9:24pm Mon 16 Apr 12

MINIME2 says...

He didnt do much representing on the council so what representing is he going to do for us in the police job ?
He didnt do much representing on the council so what representing is he going to do for us in the police job ? MINIME2
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8:48am Tue 17 Apr 12

*Flick* says...

Well if he gets it you know it's some sort of fix or buy-in!
It's not like he's been any good at the job he's in now!!
Well if he gets it you know it's some sort of fix or buy-in! It's not like he's been any good at the job he's in now!! *Flick*
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8:48am Tue 17 Apr 12

*Flick* says...

Well if he gets it you know it's some sort of fix or buy-in!
It's not like he's been any good at the job he's in now!!
Well if he gets it you know it's some sort of fix or buy-in! It's not like he's been any good at the job he's in now!! *Flick*
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8:54am Tue 17 Apr 12

Tell_it_as_it_is says...

Well done Councillor Sam Crabb & Somerset Lib Dems for winning the prize for the best rewrite of local history.....

Who employed Sue Barnes (the wife of Chief Constable Colin Port), without competitive interview, to lead the project that gave Somerset the disastrous SW1 contract with IBM - Sam Crabb & the Lib Dems!

Who was in charge and signed the controversial contract with IBM for SW1 even though they were the HIGHEST BIDDER - Jill Shortland, Sam Crabb and the Lib Dems!

Who was responsible for ensuring that the £200m of assured savings promised by IBM/SW1 were real and not "pie in the sky" claims made to win the contract- Sam Crabb!

Who followed the egotistical former Chief Executive Alan Jones on a silly & vain quest for "Beyond Excellence" - Jill Shortland, Sam Crabb and the Lib Dems!

Who was responsible for the expensive fiasco of the £35m SAP IT system that went live in 2008 and still isn't working properly 4 years later - Sam Crabb!

Who was in charge when the County Council let the Police off of £2m of their share of the costs of SAP - Sam Crabb!

Who thinks the electorate are so stupid that they won't remember the real architects of the SW1 fiasco with IBM - Sam Crabb & the Somerset Lib Dems!
Well done Councillor Sam Crabb & Somerset Lib Dems for winning the prize for the best rewrite of local history..... Who employed Sue Barnes (the wife of Chief Constable Colin Port), without competitive interview, to lead the project that gave Somerset the disastrous SW1 contract with IBM - Sam Crabb & the Lib Dems! Who was in charge and signed the controversial contract with IBM for SW1 even though they were the HIGHEST BIDDER - Jill Shortland, Sam Crabb and the Lib Dems! Who was responsible for ensuring that the £200m of assured savings promised by IBM/SW1 were real and not "pie in the sky" claims made to win the contract- Sam Crabb! Who followed the egotistical former Chief Executive Alan Jones on a silly & vain quest for "Beyond Excellence" - Jill Shortland, Sam Crabb and the Lib Dems! Who was responsible for the expensive fiasco of the £35m SAP IT system that went live in 2008 and still isn't working properly 4 years later - Sam Crabb! Who was in charge when the County Council let the Police off of £2m of their share of the costs of SAP - Sam Crabb! Who thinks the electorate are so stupid that they won't remember the real architects of the SW1 fiasco with IBM - Sam Crabb & the Somerset Lib Dems! Tell_it_as_it_is
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1:42pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Its_out_there says...

Its a great shame his is not standing down as an elected councillor.
I do not know one member of staff in Somerset County Council that likes this man or what he has done to the authority since he became leader.
Ken has not completed what he set out to do to the council... which may be a good thing..

The new police role is a big step up and I hope he does not create the same atmosphere for those who work in the police as he has done at Somerset County Council. He has made the working life a misery for many and I am sure there will be a cheer when he formally steps down from his current role.
Its a great shame his is not standing down as an elected councillor. I do not know one member of staff in Somerset County Council that likes this man or what he has done to the authority since he became leader. Ken has not completed what he set out to do to the council... which may be a good thing.. The new police role is a big step up and I hope he does not create the same atmosphere for those who work in the police as he has done at Somerset County Council. He has made the working life a misery for many and I am sure there will be a cheer when he formally steps down from his current role. Its_out_there
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1:17pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Mike Rigby says...

Maddock is an extremist. Even Eric Pickles (no moderate himself) has called Maddock's policies utterly counterproductive.
1. 100% cut in arts funding losing 15 times more in match funding from other sources;
2. His threat to withdraw 100% of funding for highways maintenance caused his own Cabinet Member for Highways to resign claiming that the policy would kill people - central Government had to intervene to stop him;
3. Wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds on the illegal attempt to close the libraries.
4. Says he good at listening. What a joke. He has just ignored 50,000 people in selling off 1,500 acres of public woodland in the Quantock Hills.

Realistically, his prospects of securing the Conservative nomination for the role of Police Commissioner are slim. He is hugely unpopular in Somerset and not very likeable. I'm sure the people of 'Avon' will see that too. Not resigning as a Councillor shows that he is hedging his bets. I think it will turn out that his standing for Police Commissioner is a figleaf to hide the fact that he was being forced out at Somerset County Council due to his incompetence and electorally-suicidal policies.

More here
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Maddock is an extremist. Even Eric Pickles (no moderate himself) has called Maddock's policies utterly counterproductive. 1. 100% cut in arts funding losing 15 times more in match funding from other sources; 2. His threat to withdraw 100% of funding for highways maintenance caused his own Cabinet Member for Highways to resign claiming that the policy would kill people - central Government had to intervene to stop him; 3. Wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds on the illegal attempt to close the libraries. 4. Says he good at listening. What a joke. He has just ignored 50,000 people in selling off 1,500 acres of public woodland in the Quantock Hills. Realistically, his prospects of securing the Conservative nomination for the role of Police Commissioner are slim. He is hugely unpopular in Somerset and not very likeable. I'm sure the people of 'Avon' will see that too. Not resigning as a Councillor shows that he is hedging his bets. I think it will turn out that his standing for Police Commissioner is a figleaf to hide the fact that he was being forced out at Somerset County Council due to his incompetence and electorally-suicidal policies. More here https://www.facebook .com/CouncillorRigby Mike Rigby
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