Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner to pay accountant £19,500 for one day’s work a week
PUBLISHED: 17:07 16 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:19 16 April 2014
A police and crime commissioner (PCC) has proposed to pay an accountant £19,500 a year to work one day a week.
Hertfordshire’s PCC David Lloyd said in an open letter to the Police and Crime Panel on April 4 that he wished to change his chief financial officer (CFO) as his current one, James Hurley, is also employed as Hertfordshire Constabulary’s director of resources.
As part of a move to become more independent and enable him to be more objective about the police, he has proposed using John Franklin, Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC) head of accountancy services, to work part-time as his new CFO.
Mr Lloyd said: “Mindful of the recent opinions expressed by external professional bodies and legal advice on joint CFO arrangements, together with the significant complexity of our future collaboration activity and the developing financial environment, I have decided to move to a separate CFO appointment.
He added: “The arrangement has been established for a period of 12 months with a review at the six-month period, by which time my plans for the permanent leadership team structure will have been presented to the panel.
“Mr Franklin would remain a full-time employee of the county council and retain HCC’s standard terms and conditions for his current role, which include 30 days annual leave.
“His salary for this arrangement covering both roles is £66,000 and my office will refund to the HCC the pro-rata cost of his salary, employment on costs and travel which will be £19,500 for the full year.”
A spokesman for the PCC added: “This proposed arrangement will strengthen the commissioner’s ability to scrutinise and challenge the chief constable. The new structure would be funded from within the commissioner’s existing office budget.”
A spokesman for HCC said: “The secondment of a finance officer from Hertfordshire County Council to be chief financial officer for the PCC is an example of how the county council works closely with partners to pool resources providing the taxpayers in Hertfordshire with the best value for money.”
Sharon Taylor, leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “I can see no reason for this change and think we need to watch the costs of things like this because they soon mount up.
“This is an additional cost to the public purse which in the current cutbacks and spending cuts could be far better spent on front line policing.”
The move is due to be discussed by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Panel at a meeting on April 24.
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