A Green Party Councillor has set up a petition calling on the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour's Mark Burns-Williamson to drop plans to appoint an unelected Deputy. The Deputy will be chosen from among West Yorkshire Labour members on a salary of between £52,995 and £56,571
Councillor Andrew Cooper said,
"The Police and Crime Commissioner elections in November were a non-event with a record low turnout strongly indicating the contempt people had for the establishment of a Commissioner on a salary of £100k/year. Now this very same Commissioner, with little or no electoral mandate. is seeking to appoint a Labour Deputy on up to £56k/year when this was no indicated in any of his election literature. This is money that would be better spent on front line policing than more money. It is a sad example of the Labour Party establishing a post to provide patronage for their members with no accoutability. It should be dropped immediately and I urge people to sign this petition to show the strength of local feeling on this waste of public money."