Lancashire crime commissioner’s chief executive quits £120k post

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Ms Carruthers-Watt Ms Carruthers-Watt

LANCASHIRE police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw’s £122,203-a-year chief executive unexpectedly quit her post yesterday.

Miranda Carruthers-Watt has decided to take voluntary redundancy on July 31, after being off sick since May 27.

Mr Grunshaw has announced he will review his support arrangements which involve a deputy PCC, three assistant PCCs and 12 other staff.

Ann Pennell, an officer in Lancashire County Council’s children and young person’s department, will fill the statutory role from August 1 on an interim basis, rather than Ms Carruthers-Watt’s deputy Christine Durber.

Pendle Tory MP Andrew Stephenson said: “I am shocked and surprised. It leaves many unanswered questions and I will be contacting Mr Grunshaw.”

Former Tory county councillor and author of the ‘Top of the Cops’ website Sam Chapman said: “I am surprised. I do not see how you can make redundant the chief executive, a role required by law, and then review the support structure. It is the wrong way round and seems nonsense.”

Ms Carruthers-Watt, who took on the role after Mr Grunshaw’s election in November 2012, is not expected to return to work.

Mr Grunshaw said the review would look at the benefits of a more collaborative approach within Lancashire.

He said: “The role of the police and crime commissioner is still a relatively new one but we've learnt a lot since it was established in 2012 and can now begin to shape a more efficient and effective support structure.

“Meanwhile I'd like to say how grateful I am for the contribution Miranda has made in supporting me and the team.”

Ms Carruthers-Watt said: “It has been a privilege to be the first chief executive for the police and crime Commissioner. It has been our intention for some time to work more closely with the county council.”

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5:09pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

An expensive dog's breakfast.

Can anyone come up with a single positive thing that the Police and Crime Commissioners have done? Let alone anything which justifies the millions of pounds spent on them all?

An expensive additional piece of bureaucracy imposed top down by the government at a time when our police officers on the ground are overstretched and under-resourced.
An expensive dog's breakfast. Can anyone come up with a single positive thing that the Police and Crime Commissioners have done? Let alone anything which justifies the millions of pounds spent on them all? An expensive additional piece of bureaucracy imposed top down by the government at a time when our police officers on the ground are overstretched and under-resourced. Excluded again
  • Score: 46

5:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

shimmy says...

This will almost certainly be found to be a major blunder and we must hope that Andrew Stephenson and Sam Chapman can get to the bottom of this mess. If, as Sam Chapman says, they are required in law to have a Chief Executive then the only way they could end her employment would have been an ill-termination. Given that she has only been absent since May 27th this would be an unwise move. To offer voluntary redundancy like a prize seem as if Human Resource Management have been involved rather than the old style Personnel Management who dealt with the law.
This will almost certainly be found to be a major blunder and we must hope that Andrew Stephenson and Sam Chapman can get to the bottom of this mess. If, as Sam Chapman says, they are required in law to have a Chief Executive then the only way they could end her employment would have been an ill-termination. Given that she has only been absent since May 27th this would be an unwise move. To offer voluntary redundancy like a prize seem as if Human Resource Management have been involved rather than the old style Personnel Management who dealt with the law. shimmy
  • Score: 16

6:24pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

What a load of typical public sector boll*cks.
Massive salaries, massive pay-offs, absence for months on end without any questions being asked.
All these public sector bosses and managers are self-seeking, self-serving parasites who contribute nothing to the country and yet somehow manage to pay themselves far more money than any equivalent person in the private sector and for far, far less work.
They are all vermin, useless, utterly, utterly useless parasites.
What a load of typical public sector boll*cks. Massive salaries, massive pay-offs, absence for months on end without any questions being asked. All these public sector bosses and managers are self-seeking, self-serving parasites who contribute nothing to the country and yet somehow manage to pay themselves far more money than any equivalent person in the private sector and for far, far less work. They are all vermin, useless, utterly, utterly useless parasites. Copperhead
  • Score: 16

6:27pm Fri 27 Jun 14

justaworkinlad says...

This is a statuary post therefore must exist, how can this lady possibly claim redundancy when the post is still there and by law will remain there.
This is a statuary post therefore must exist, how can this lady possibly claim redundancy when the post is still there and by law will remain there. justaworkinlad
  • Score: 23

7:24pm Fri 27 Jun 14

woolywords says...

One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow...
...
long song, cut short..

One man, a deputy PCC, three assistant PCCs and 12 other staff, went to mow a meadow...
...
1 policemen, 3 psco's and one dog,
not called Spot,
actually caught, a criminal..
...
J. Edgar Hoover was infamously asked..
'Have you made an arrest?'
Or, are you just a manager, with no experience of the 'coal face' that presents itself to the common or garden, Plod?
With your suits that get swapped, when the seat of it, gets so shiny, doing nothing; in an expenses claim..
...
Why not slip off your chauffeur driven limo, for a week as a PSCO..
See what life is like, at the brunt of policing..
Want an invite to do so?
...
You are cordially invited to apply for the position of PSCO, in the Ewood ward of Blackburn,
where,
(refusal is not an option.)
Your patrol district will include parts of Mill Hill,
where you expected to patrol alone,
which includes the radio 'dead spots'..
so no crying, Mummy, on the radio..
...
I think that you should write to Maureen Bateson,
as a personal reference.
Then go to Ivy St community centre,
to get the other from Christine..
Am sure that she will oblige..
...
Maureen on 01254201889 or, maureen.bateson@blac
kburn.gov.uk
Christine Connell on 0125455977
Never speak to her sister, Doreen, as she's the quiet one; that scares me, as she has the potential to a right terrorist, if she doesn't get her way....
Both run the place, sort of..
I just wish that Doreen would growl or something, as she scares me.
One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow... ... long song, cut short.. One man, a deputy PCC, three assistant PCCs and 12 other staff, went to mow a meadow... ... 1 policemen, 3 psco's and one dog, not called Spot, actually caught, a criminal.. ... J. Edgar Hoover was infamously asked.. 'Have you made an arrest?' Or, are you just a manager, with no experience of the 'coal face' that presents itself to the common or garden, Plod? With your suits that get swapped, when the seat of it, gets so shiny, doing nothing; in an expenses claim.. ... Why not slip off your chauffeur driven limo, for a week as a PSCO.. See what life is like, at the brunt of policing.. Want an invite to do so? ... You are cordially invited to apply for the position of PSCO, in the Ewood ward of Blackburn, where, (refusal is not an option.) Your patrol district will include parts of Mill Hill, where you expected to patrol alone, which includes the radio 'dead spots'.. so no crying, Mummy, on the radio.. ... I think that you should write to Maureen Bateson, as a personal reference. Then go to Ivy St community centre, to get the other from Christine.. Am sure that she will oblige.. ... Maureen on 01254201889 or, maureen.bateson@blac kburn.gov.uk Christine Connell on 0125455977 Never speak to her sister, Doreen, as she's the quiet one; that scares me, as she has the potential to a right terrorist, if she doesn't get her way.... Both run the place, sort of.. I just wish that Doreen would growl or something, as she scares me. woolywords
  • Score: 7

9:19pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

Copperhead wrote:
What a load of typical public sector boll*cks.
Massive salaries, massive pay-offs, absence for months on end without any questions being asked.
All these public sector bosses and managers are self-seeking, self-serving parasites who contribute nothing to the country and yet somehow manage to pay themselves far more money than any equivalent person in the private sector and for far, far less work.
They are all vermin, useless, utterly, utterly useless parasites.
To be fair, a chief executive in the private sector wouldn't get out bed for £120k a year.

Average salaries for Executives in the private sector are £868k a year - and then there are the bonuses on top of that.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: What a load of typical public sector boll*cks. Massive salaries, massive pay-offs, absence for months on end without any questions being asked. All these public sector bosses and managers are self-seeking, self-serving parasites who contribute nothing to the country and yet somehow manage to pay themselves far more money than any equivalent person in the private sector and for far, far less work. They are all vermin, useless, utterly, utterly useless parasites.[/p][/quote]To be fair, a chief executive in the private sector wouldn't get out bed for £120k a year. Average salaries for Executives in the private sector are £868k a year - and then there are the bonuses on top of that. Excluded again
  • Score: 2

1:39am Sat 28 Jun 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Nice Mafia job when you can get it ;)
Nice Mafia job when you can get it ;) Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 4

8:02am Sat 28 Jun 14

jenkinsroy says...

Sounds like she has made a good pot of money now so she is getting so she can spend it before the government get their hands on it. And as for her redundancies the government has let the rich off with some tax break so she will get that and when she puts. All of them together she will be set for life by this I mean lots. Of money money thanks to the government changing the tax law. For their mates the rich she will now be joining the land of the rich. And us tax payer will be paying her redundancy.
Sounds like she has made a good pot of money now so she is getting so she can spend it before the government get their hands on it. And as for her redundancies the government has let the rich off with some tax break so she will get that and when she puts. All of them together she will be set for life by this I mean lots. Of money money thanks to the government changing the tax law. For their mates the rich she will now be joining the land of the rich. And us tax payer will be paying her redundancy. jenkinsroy
  • Score: 7

9:57am Sat 28 Jun 14

steve18gls says...

£122,203 per year salary !!
£122,203 per year salary !! steve18gls
  • Score: 6

4:21pm Sat 28 Jun 14

onsidecobra says...

Something stinks here!
Something stinks here! onsidecobra
  • Score: 2

6:37pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

Excluded again wrote:
Copperhead wrote:
What a load of typical public sector boll*cks.
Massive salaries, massive pay-offs, absence for months on end without any questions being asked.
All these public sector bosses and managers are self-seeking, self-serving parasites who contribute nothing to the country and yet somehow manage to pay themselves far more money than any equivalent person in the private sector and for far, far less work.
They are all vermin, useless, utterly, utterly useless parasites.
To be fair, a chief executive in the private sector wouldn't get out bed for £120k a year.

Average salaries for Executives in the private sector are £868k a year - and then there are the bonuses on top of that.
A CEO in the private sector would have to do a hell of a sight more work and be responsible for a lot more people than this this woman is/was.
A private sector CEO is responsible to shareholders and can be removed by them with a vote of no-confidence at the AGM.
CEOs in the public sector are responsible to no-one and are only removed when they want to retire/leave/move on and stick their greedy paws out for a golden handshake from OUR taxes.
Any remuneration for a private sector CEO comes from the profit generated by the company he/she runs.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: What a load of typical public sector boll*cks. Massive salaries, massive pay-offs, absence for months on end without any questions being asked. All these public sector bosses and managers are self-seeking, self-serving parasites who contribute nothing to the country and yet somehow manage to pay themselves far more money than any equivalent person in the private sector and for far, far less work. They are all vermin, useless, utterly, utterly useless parasites.[/p][/quote]To be fair, a chief executive in the private sector wouldn't get out bed for £120k a year. Average salaries for Executives in the private sector are £868k a year - and then there are the bonuses on top of that.[/p][/quote]A CEO in the private sector would have to do a hell of a sight more work and be responsible for a lot more people than this this woman is/was. A private sector CEO is responsible to shareholders and can be removed by them with a vote of no-confidence at the AGM. CEOs in the public sector are responsible to no-one and are only removed when they want to retire/leave/move on and stick their greedy paws out for a golden handshake from OUR taxes. Any remuneration for a private sector CEO comes from the profit generated by the company he/she runs. Copperhead
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Sat 28 Jun 14

steve18gls says...

onsidecobra wrote:
Something stinks here!
Yes her wage ! lol
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: Something stinks here![/p][/quote]Yes her wage ! lol steve18gls
  • Score: 0
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