Council chief steps down as deputy leader - as deputy PCC role row continues

Bucks Free Press: Council chief steps down as deputy leader - as row over deputy PCC role continues Council chief steps down as deputy leader - as row over deputy PCC role continues

WYCOMBE District Council has a new look Cabinet after Councillor David Carroll relinquished his role as deputy leader.

Cllr Carroll was appointed Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld's deputy last week and he has now decided to step down as WDC’s executive deputy leader.

But he will continue in his role as ward member for Greater Hughenden and as a county councillor for Hazlemere.

Cllr Roger Wilson has been promoted to deputy until the next Annual Council Meeting in May and he will also keep hold of his Cabinet member for finance brief.

Cllr John Richards will take over from Cllr Carroll’s as Cabinet member for housing, with a new spokesman for property to be appointed soon.

Cllr Arif Hussain remains the authority’s Executive Deputy Leader.

Council Leader Cllr Alex Collingwood said: "I and Cllr Arif Hussain and the rest of Cabinet look forward to working with Cllr Wilson and Cllr Richards in their new roles."

But the row over Cllr Carroll's new Deputy PCC role continues to rumble on, with Liberal Democrat Cllr Simon Parker calling his appointment without a formal selection process “the height of arrogance”.

He said: “Considering that one of the principal tasks of the PCC must surely be to bring greater openness and public accountability to the administration of our police forces, I find it astonishing that Cllr Carroll's appointment was widely accepted as a fait accompli prior to the election.

“There are many other issues which impact directly on the public perception of the democratic process.

“Having been elected by such a tiny percentage of the electorate, it seems to me the height of arrogance to have not even paid lip service to any form of competitive selection when choosing his deputy.”

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1:29pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Tudor Bush says...

There seems to be something about Hazlemere that has an effect on its councillors.
There seems to be something about Hazlemere that has an effect on its councillors. Tudor Bush
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2:26pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Brian JM says...

It's known as Tory blight.
It's known as Tory blight. Brian JM
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2:42pm Fri 14 Dec 12

townraider says...

Based on his past performance as Deputy Leader of WDC is he up to the new job???
Based on his past performance as Deputy Leader of WDC is he up to the new job??? townraider
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5:54pm Fri 14 Dec 12

gpn01 says...

At least by stepping down from his position as Deputy Leader he won't be criticised for retaining both roles.
At least by stepping down from his position as Deputy Leader he won't be criticised for retaining both roles. gpn01
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6:05pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Kania 2000 says...

quite astonishing, surley not the best applicant!
quite astonishing, surley not the best applicant! Kania 2000
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6:50pm Fri 14 Dec 12

geoffW says...

Kania 2000 wrote:
quite astonishing, surley not the best applicant!
Nobody said he "applied".
[quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: quite astonishing, surley not the best applicant![/p][/quote]Nobody said he "applied". geoffW
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7:49pm Fri 14 Dec 12

J B Blackett says...

He was appointed.
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Or was it anointed ?
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Some will be disappointed.
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As it's sign of a self-serving regime that is already disjointed
He was appointed. . Or was it anointed ? . Some will be disappointed. . As it's sign of a self-serving regime that is already disjointed J B Blackett
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7:55pm Fri 14 Dec 12

washondo says...

Can it be confirmed that there were not 2 Executive Deputy Leaders.
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Yet another Deputy leader Cllr Wilson will take over from whom?
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Is no-one reading this but me?
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Confused; but not as much Councillor Carroll consistently appears to be.
Can it be confirmed that there were not 2 Executive Deputy Leaders. ~ Yet another Deputy leader Cllr Wilson will take over from whom? ~ Is no-one reading this but me? ~ Confused; but not as much Councillor Carroll consistently appears to be. washondo
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8:14pm Fri 14 Dec 12

mickleman says...

When elected chairman back in May Cllr Collingwood appointed two deputies, Cllrs Carroll and Hussain, so Cllr Wilson will take over from Cllr Carroll and we will be staying with two deputies!!

Confused - not surprised
When elected chairman back in May Cllr Collingwood appointed two deputies, Cllrs Carroll and Hussain, so Cllr Wilson will take over from Cllr Carroll and we will be staying with two deputies!! Confused - not surprised mickleman
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12:30am Sat 15 Dec 12

The Drone says...

David C is something of an expert at uncontested elections. WDC in May 2011 for example?
David C is something of an expert at uncontested elections. WDC in May 2011 for example? The Drone
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5:20pm Wed 19 Dec 12

williamjames says...

It is now time to for David Carroll to stand down from both WDC and BCC so show that the role is independent of politics. After all he was an appointee of BCC to the Police Authority.

Or is he in it for the money?

Has he resigned from being a Magistrate?
It is now time to for David Carroll to stand down from both WDC and BCC so show that the role is independent of politics. After all he was an appointee of BCC to the Police Authority. Or is he in it for the money? Has he resigned from being a Magistrate? williamjames
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