PCC defends £200k top cop pay package

PCC Olly Martins has started the search for Colette Paul's replacement
PCC Olly Martins has started the search for Colette Paul's replacement

A potential pay packet of more than £200,000 will ensure that the best possible candidate will come forward for Beds Police’s vacant chief constable post, according to PCC Olly Martins.

Although Colette Paul has not yet officially left the force the former chief constable had her last day in uniform on Friday, leaving Jon Boutcher in charge of the force on a temporary basis.

County police and crime commissioner Olly Martins has now begun searching for Ms Paul’s successor and an advert for the vacant position reveals the force is prepared to outlay more than £200,000 on its next chief constable.

The advert, which was made public late last week, shows the deal on offer is a wage of up to £149,350 a year, with a ‘generous’ £48,000 relocation package and an £8,000 car allowance.

In total the force’s new chief constable could cost taxpayers up to £207,350 within their first year in office.

The post comes after a warning that the force is nearing a “financial cliff” and repeated pleas for additional government funding.

However PCC Olly Martins has said the force needs to make an attractive offer to secure the best candidate possible.

He said: “It is the going rate for the job and clearly we want to attract the best candidates we can.

“We do not want to do anything that could reduce the chances of that.

“While it is a well renumerrated job the level of responsibility they take on is very large.”

On the £48,000 relocation package offered, Mr Martins said: “There have been moves to take things like that out of the package but some PCCs have done that and then ended up with only one candidate.

“There is a lot of churn around at the moment and it will reduce the amount of available candidates.”

The job advert for the post states that the PCC is looking for a chief constable who has ‘significant experience of managing finite resources’.

It adds that they will need to come up with ‘better ways to deliver value for money services that meet both local and national needs’.

An application deadline of July 24 has been set, while Mr Martins will interview selected candidates on August 24 and 25.