New police chief stamps his authority

Darlington and Stockton Times: Barry Coppinger Barry Coppinger

THE incumbent Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland has already made a major change by axing the chief executive of Cleveland Police Authority on the eve of taking over the post.

Barry Coppinger has replaced Stuart Pudney with a leading council officer from Middlesbrough Council who he works alongside as a councillor.

Mr Pudney was installed as the chief executive less than 12 months ago and was handed the task of leading the authority through ‘major challenge and change’ in the wake of Operation Sacristy.

The Labour candidate, who is set to take over the role after winning last week’s election, has taken Ed Chicken on a year’s secondment.

Mr Chicken, the Council’s Head of Community Protection, will head the PCC office in the force’s headquarters in Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough.

He said: “I have already worked closely with Barry and in partnership with Cleveland Police in a number of areas covering community safety, anti-social behaviour and crime.

“I am looking forward to taking on what am I am certain will be a challenging and fulfilling role as the new office of the Police and Crime Commissioner takes shape.”

The Council’s chief executive, Gill Rollings, added: “This is a role well suited to Ed’s skills and experience and I’m pleased to be able to help by way of a secondment.

“This approach will both help to support the new office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and ensure Cleveland’s local authorities maintain a key role in community safety issues.”

Mr Pudney had been the deputy chief executive with the North Yorkshire Police Authority for five years before taking over the role at Cleveland.

The move to oust him has sparked concern with the outgoing chairman of the police authority, Stuart Drummond.

He said: “Obviously, it is up to Barry what he does and who he brings into the role, but there are procedures that need to be followed.

“Stuart has done a great job over the last 12 months and by working together we have transformed the authority from an organisation that was in trouble to one that has a clean bill of health from the Audit Commission.”

Mr Coppinger was unavailable for comment last night.

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6:34pm Wed 21 Nov 12

st-george1 says...

No appointment for his old CPA boss now that Mr Chicken, a friend, colleague and Middlesbrough Council’s Head of Community Protection, is appointed HEAD OF PCC OFFICE … the new name it would seem for the new style Authority Office with its 17 or so staff … new OFFICE + new STAFF …so how is taxpayers money to be saved I wonder !

Um … Head of Community Protection ! … Is this the same man responsible for the Borough’s failings and the undesirable title of being one of the unsafest places to live, because of high crime levels, violence, anti-social behaviour, binge drinkers and drug concerns …

Albert Einstein reputedly once said … The world is a dangerous place to live in… not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it …
No appointment for his old CPA boss now that Mr Chicken, a friend, colleague and Middlesbrough Council’s Head of Community Protection, is appointed HEAD OF PCC OFFICE … the new name it would seem for the new style Authority Office with its 17 or so staff … new OFFICE + new STAFF …so how is taxpayers money to be saved I wonder ! Um … Head of Community Protection ! … Is this the same man responsible for the Borough’s failings and the undesirable title of being one of the unsafest places to live, because of high crime levels, violence, anti-social behaviour, binge drinkers and drug concerns … Albert Einstein reputedly once said … The world is a dangerous place to live in… not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it … st-george1
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8:16pm Wed 21 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

On Sunday 18th Nov, a meeting took place at Middlesbrough Golf Club, (apparently), which lasted from 5-30pm until 8-00 pm.
Present was our Mayor Mallon, the newly elected Police Commissioner Coppinger, a very senior police officer believed to have been the current stand in for Chief Constable, and the soon to be selected Ed Chicken.

Odd that 3 days later CO Pudney gets the bullet and Coppingers mate Ed Chicken gets slotted in.

Why was there a need for a meeting in the golf club?
What was discussed?
What conclusions would one be expected to arrive at given the news on the 21st?

Will there be a public statement by this group as to why they met?

One must wonder what other meetings take place, who attends and what is discussed or maybe decided?
On Sunday 18th Nov, a meeting took place at Middlesbrough Golf Club, (apparently), which lasted from 5-30pm until 8-00 pm. Present was our Mayor Mallon, the newly elected Police Commissioner Coppinger, a very senior police officer believed to have been the current stand in for Chief Constable, and the soon to be selected Ed Chicken. Odd that 3 days later CO Pudney gets the bullet and Coppingers mate Ed Chicken gets slotted in. Why was there a need for a meeting in the golf club? What was discussed? What conclusions would one be expected to arrive at given the news on the 21st? Will there be a public statement by this group as to why they met? One must wonder what other meetings take place, who attends and what is discussed or maybe decided? AZZIZZ
  • Score: 4

8:18pm Wed 21 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

"The Council’s chief executive, Gill Rollings, added: “This is a role well suited to Ed’s skills and experience and I’m pleased to be able to help by way of a secondment."

This is the officer who has just received a £29,000 increase in salary BTW, during austerity measures affecting the most needy in the town of Middlesbrough!
"The Council’s chief executive, Gill Rollings, added: “This is a role well suited to Ed’s skills and experience and I’m pleased to be able to help by way of a secondment." This is the officer who has just received a £29,000 increase in salary BTW, during austerity measures affecting the most needy in the town of Middlesbrough! AZZIZZ
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10:18pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Hunty1 says...

Pffft jobs for the boys!!!! I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine!
Pffft jobs for the boys!!!! I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine! Hunty1
  • Score: 1

10:40pm Wed 21 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

Just as long as the costs are born by the bottomless pit of the ratepayers money tree.

No wonder folk are leaving the town for pastures new... chasing work.... reduced costs and of course....... a better quality of life.

What is the current total of the exodus from Middlesbrough? It was previously over 20,000!
Just as long as the costs are born by the bottomless pit of the ratepayers money tree. No wonder folk are leaving the town for pastures new... chasing work.... reduced costs and of course....... a better quality of life. What is the current total of the exodus from Middlesbrough? It was previously over 20,000! AZZIZZ
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10:44pm Wed 21 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

"The Council’s chief executive, Gill Rollings, added: “This is a role well suited to Ed’s skills and experience and I’m pleased to be able to help by way of a secondment."

I wonder why he was not positioned into the post before they got a Pudsey (bear), if he was ideally suited... why did they bring in Pudsey Bear? Then now give him the boot and install a well qualified chicken who was around before the Pudsey?

Shaking head!
"The Council’s chief executive, Gill Rollings, added: “This is a role well suited to Ed’s skills and experience and I’m pleased to be able to help by way of a secondment." I wonder why he was not positioned into the post before they got a Pudsey (bear), if he was ideally suited... why did they bring in Pudsey Bear? Then now give him the boot and install a well qualified chicken who was around before the Pudsey? Shaking head! AZZIZZ
  • Score: 1

7:29am Thu 22 Nov 12

Motorhome owner says...

With 4 months of his contract left Mr Pudney will be paid £30k for doing nothing. According to Middlesbrough Council web site Mr Chicken's salary was £75k pa so that will be at least another £25k cost to Cleveland Police for the current financial year. On top of that there will be the cost (presumably another £25k) to Middlesbrough Council of covering Mr Chicken's job. So, Barry Coppinger's first action has been to waste at least £80k of public money for no gain to the taxpayer.

Also, whilst Ed Chicken might be totally suitable for the role:
1. why was the post not advertised?
2. who else was considered?
3. why no transparency and public openness before this decision was made?
With 4 months of his contract left Mr Pudney will be paid £30k for doing nothing. According to Middlesbrough Council web site Mr Chicken's salary was £75k pa so that will be at least another £25k cost to Cleveland Police for the current financial year. On top of that there will be the cost (presumably another £25k) to Middlesbrough Council of covering Mr Chicken's job. So, Barry Coppinger's first action has been to waste at least £80k of public money for no gain to the taxpayer. Also, whilst Ed Chicken might be totally suitable for the role: 1. why was the post not advertised? 2. who else was considered? 3. why no transparency and public openness before this decision was made? Motorhome owner
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12:22pm Thu 22 Nov 12

David Lacey says...

Labour, Labour, Labour, Labour.
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Stink, stink, stink, stink.
Labour, Labour, Labour, Labour. . Stink, stink, stink, stink. David Lacey
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1:56pm Thu 22 Nov 12

loonyleft says...

not as much stink coming from the coalition,cosy best friends with the Murdock empire back scratching on an epic scale don't you think?
not as much stink coming from the coalition,cosy best friends with the Murdock empire back scratching on an epic scale don't you think? loonyleft
  • Score: 1

3:42pm Thu 22 Nov 12

st-george1 says...

Only in the North East would the people vote for a Labour Party financed and trades union member to be appointed as Police Crime Commissioner … in my opinion, the most undemocratic circle of people it is difficult to trust to do a non-political job fairly.

IF my local PCC does not give the people, the taxpayers, a say when it comes to cutting crime in their area, who do we complain to in order to have him replaced … ?
Only in the North East would the people vote for a Labour Party financed and trades union member to be appointed as Police Crime Commissioner … in my opinion, the most undemocratic circle of people it is difficult to trust to do a non-political job fairly. IF my local PCC does not give the people, the taxpayers, a say when it comes to cutting crime in their area, who do we complain to in order to have him replaced … ? st-george1
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4:58pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Claude Ted says...

Staggering but unfortunately predictable. If it can be proved that Coppinger is taking advice from a discredited ex-copper with a host of disciplinary charges to his name then the Home Office should act now. It's interesting that he has removed people who knew how the previous Authority acted. Drummond admitted that he & Pudney had to clean up the mess left by Coppinger's & his colleagues! 17 members of a police authority & none of them knew how the place was being operated & we now have Sacristy. Priceless!
Staggering but unfortunately predictable. If it can be proved that Coppinger is taking advice from a discredited ex-copper with a host of disciplinary charges to his name then the Home Office should act now. It's interesting that he has removed people who knew how the previous Authority acted. Drummond admitted that he & Pudney had to clean up the mess left by Coppinger's & his colleagues! 17 members of a police authority & none of them knew how the place was being operated & we now have Sacristy. Priceless! Claude Ted
  • Score: 0

7:33pm Thu 22 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

I thought the chief constable was sacked for doing a similar thing by favouring his best friends.

All local authority jobs are supposed to be advertised, so how come the commissioner can hand pick his own staff before he was elected.

He should be reported to the local government minister and suspended.
I thought the chief constable was sacked for doing a similar thing by favouring his best friends. All local authority jobs are supposed to be advertised, so how come the commissioner can hand pick his own staff before he was elected. He should be reported to the local government minister and suspended. AZZIZZ
  • Score: 0

7:33pm Thu 22 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

I thought the chief constable was sacked for doing a similar thing by favouring his best friends.

All local authority jobs are supposed to be advertised, so how come the commissioner can hand pick his own staff before he was elected.

He should be reported to the local government minister and suspended.
I thought the chief constable was sacked for doing a similar thing by favouring his best friends. All local authority jobs are supposed to be advertised, so how come the commissioner can hand pick his own staff before he was elected. He should be reported to the local government minister and suspended. AZZIZZ
  • Score: 0

9:59pm Thu 22 Nov 12

AZZIZZ says...

Wonder if Coppinger knew what was going on prior, during and after sacristry started.

If he didn't, why? He was on the CPA.
Wonder if Coppinger knew what was going on prior, during and after sacristry started. If he didn't, why? He was on the CPA. AZZIZZ
  • Score: 0

3:46pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Machiavelli's Master says...

Here we go......after a camapign of no specifics and no promises...but I will be good for you as I am the Labour candidate Mr Coppinger immediately costs the taxpayer in excess of £35,000 to get Mayor Mallon's whipping boy in post....which equates to slightly in excess to one PC on the beat keeping us all safe in the Golf Club or on our way home from Redcar and Cleveland Council.

Is Barry doing this has he lacks any personality or is it just because his ameobic state requires some stability to understand where he is and clearly having friends around helps otherwise a Dory reflex will kick in and he will realise how the hell did | get here.

At least this appears we are in for an interesting ride...not one of benefit to the people of Cleveland but one that must surely include a closer investigation from Sacristy.....
Here we go......after a camapign of no specifics and no promises...but I will be good for you as I am the Labour candidate Mr Coppinger immediately costs the taxpayer in excess of £35,000 to get Mayor Mallon's whipping boy in post....which equates to slightly in excess to one PC on the beat keeping us all safe in the Golf Club or on our way home from Redcar and Cleveland Council. Is Barry doing this has he lacks any personality or is it just because his ameobic state requires some stability to understand where he is and clearly having friends around helps otherwise a Dory reflex will kick in and he will realise how the hell did | get here. At least this appears we are in for an interesting ride...not one of benefit to the people of Cleveland but one that must surely include a closer investigation from Sacristy..... Machiavelli's Master
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9:46am Sun 25 Nov 12

Richard Ineson says...

Could this be something to do with fact that Mr. Pudney was previously employed by the North Yorkshire Police Authority, where financial mismanagement was the order of the day - the famous £28,400 shower installed in the CPO's office, the £500,000 spent on Range Rovers and Volvo V70s that the Police Officers to whom they were allocated, were not qualified to drive, then the various shenanigans with very senior police officers, Briggs and Maxwell et. al. all well documented on the internet.
Could this be something to do with fact that Mr. Pudney was previously employed by the North Yorkshire Police Authority, where financial mismanagement was the order of the day - the famous £28,400 shower installed in the CPO's office, the £500,000 spent on Range Rovers and Volvo V70s that the Police Officers to whom they were allocated, were not qualified to drive, then the various shenanigans with very senior police officers, Briggs and Maxwell et. al. all well documented on the internet. Richard Ineson
  • Score: 1

10:06am Sun 25 Nov 12

Richard Ineson says...

AZZIZZ wrote:
On Sunday 18th Nov, a meeting took place at Middlesbrough Golf Club, (apparently), which lasted from 5-30pm until 8-00 pm.
Present was our Mayor Mallon, the newly elected Police Commissioner Coppinger, a very senior police officer believed to have been the current stand in for Chief Constable, and the soon to be selected Ed Chicken.

Odd that 3 days later CO Pudney gets the bullet and Coppingers mate Ed Chicken gets slotted in.

Why was there a need for a meeting in the golf club?
What was discussed?
What conclusions would one be expected to arrive at given the news on the 21st?

Will there be a public statement by this group as to why they met?

One must wonder what other meetings take place, who attends and what is discussed or maybe decided?
Secret meetings are the way that local government has always been organised; in Whitby they are known as STAKEHOLDER STEERING GROUPS whose members are usually selected by one particular councillor, the members are anonymous, unelected, unmandated and unaccountable, the meetings are not minuted, members of the public cannot attend the meetings, the members of the SSGs do not have to declare any interests, and their decisions are rubber stamped by the Council so that they can claim that, the Stakeholder Steering Groups do not have any decision making powers. It stinks to high heaven but, like a Zanussi washing machine, it goes on and on and on.
[quote][p][bold]AZZIZZ[/bold] wrote: On Sunday 18th Nov, a meeting took place at Middlesbrough Golf Club, (apparently), which lasted from 5-30pm until 8-00 pm. Present was our Mayor Mallon, the newly elected Police Commissioner Coppinger, a very senior police officer believed to have been the current stand in for Chief Constable, and the soon to be selected Ed Chicken. Odd that 3 days later CO Pudney gets the bullet and Coppingers mate Ed Chicken gets slotted in. Why was there a need for a meeting in the golf club? What was discussed? What conclusions would one be expected to arrive at given the news on the 21st? Will there be a public statement by this group as to why they met? One must wonder what other meetings take place, who attends and what is discussed or maybe decided?[/p][/quote]Secret meetings are the way that local government has always been organised; in Whitby they are known as STAKEHOLDER STEERING GROUPS whose members are usually selected by one particular councillor, the members are anonymous, unelected, unmandated and unaccountable, the meetings are not minuted, members of the public cannot attend the meetings, the members of the SSGs do not have to declare any interests, and their decisions are rubber stamped by the Council so that they can claim that, the Stakeholder Steering Groups do not have any decision making powers. It stinks to high heaven but, like a Zanussi washing machine, it goes on and on and on. Richard Ineson
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