'I could be successful commissioner'
THE first heavyweight contender to become Avon and Somerset's first Police and Crime Commissioner believes he has the experience and contacts to make a success of the role.
Somerset County Council leader Ken Maddock declared his intention to seek the Conservative Party's nomination to be its candidate for the £85,000-per-year position.
Elected commissioners are replacing police authorities and will be in charge of budgets and have the power to hire and fire Chief Constables. Candidates will stand in a regional election in November.
Mr Maddock will stand down as council leader, but represent his Mendip South ward until May's election.
"Deciding to stand down as Somerset County Council leader has been a really hard decision, a real wrench," he said. "But the new police role is hugely important and influential. With my experience in commerce, in public service, and my contacts in local, regional and national politics, I feel I have a lot to offer.
"I believe I bring the experience, support and willingness to listen which this will need, but most of all I know what a big difference it can make to everyday life if it is done well."