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An Interim Chief Executive has been appointed to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, while the recruitment process for a permanent Chief Executive is underway. The Commissioner is required by law to have a Chief Executive, as well as a Chief Financial Officer, and there are restrictions on who is eligible to be appointed. In addition, and following a review of the office structure that Alan Charles needs to support him, he has reduced the office support budget by £100,000 which has been passed to the Chief Constable for 4 additional Police Community Support Officers. Mr Phil Harper QPM, previously Transition and Business Manager during the handover of governance from the Police Authority to the Commissioner, will take up his new role as Interim Chief Executive on 1 February. He will continue to hold this position until a permanent chief executive is appointed. Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “During transition the roles of Chief Executive and Treasurer were merged, but legislation dictates that my Office has to appoint these two roles separately.” During the Transition period Helen Boffy, the Police Authority’s former Treasurer, undertook the joint role of Chief Executive and Treasurer. The Transition now successfully completed Mrs Boffy has chosen to resume her substantive role as the Commissioner’s Chief Finance Officer, which will also take effect from 1 February. “With Helen as Chief Finance Officer and Phil as interim chief executive, my Office will be benefiting from valuable continuity while the recruitment process is underway,” the Commissioner commented. ”I am delighted that their experience will enable us to carry on our work with a minimum of disruption. I am also very pleased to be able to have made savings that will be used to add to the numbers of PCSO’s that will further help to keep the communities of Derbyshire safe.”
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