Police head appoints staff

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THE police commissioner for Northamptonshire has been named the first of his permanent staff – all of which already work for him.

Adam Simmonds’ office announced that Iain Britton will be assistant commissioner for justice; Kathryn Buckle assistant commissioner for governance; and Peter Heaton assistant commissioner for public involvement.

Kathryn Buckle was Mr Simmonds’ campaign agent. Peter Heaton was previously head of communications at Northamptonshire County Council and acted as Mr Simmonds’ campaign spokesman, while Mr Britton was formerly deputy head of policy for Northamptonshire Police.

They take up their posts on April 1, but all three were appointed by Mr Simmonds as temporary staff while the positions were advertised and interviewed for.

The move sparked a response from the Lib Dems whose leader Cllr Brendan Glynane said: “The Conservative police commissioner has given his campaign staff permanent tax-payer 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.