New PR post to help police chief

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright
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Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright is recruiting a PR supremo - who will earn just £14,000 less than him.

Mr Wright, who was elected into the post in November 2012, is advertising for a Head of Community Engagement and Communications officer to help him interact with members of the public.

The salary on offer is between £65,274 and £71,490, meaning that if the successful candidate gets the higher amount on offer they will earn just £14,000 less than the Commissioner, who picks up £85,000.

The job advert says that the Commissioner is looking for ‘an exceptionally talented and proven communications specialist’ to work in ‘a busy and demanding environment’.

It says the candidate will have a ‘proven track record in media handling and critical incident management’.

On top of the public relations work, the candidate will also manage a community engagement team responsible for gathering the views of local residents on policing issues.

Another communications officer already working for the Commissioner said: “The salary is in line with other Police and Crime Commissioner offices and police forces.

“The PCC’s salary is set by the Home Office whereas when we recruit the salary is on market value.”

For further details on how to apply visit www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk.

Applications have to be in by March 27.