Police chief to resign from county council role

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DERBYSHIRE’S new Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has announced he is to resign as a county councillor.

Mr Charles, who represents Labour on Derbyshire County Council, will stand down next May.

He said he does not want to resign earlier as there would not be a by-election called because it is within six months of the main elections next May - which would have left Killamarsh without a councillor.

Mr Charles said he is not going to accept any allowances he is entitled to as a councillor.

He said: “Notwithstanding the low level of interest in the election I feel very humbled so many people, from the High Peak through to South Derbyshire, from Brassington to Bolsover, have supported my candidacy for this important new role.

“Having placed their trust in me to keep Derbyshire as one of the safest and best places to live in the country, I will spend the next three-and-a-half years dedicating myself to doing exactly that.

“My one regret at last week’s success is that I will be standing down as a Derbyshire county councillor, having represented my home community of Killamarsh for 20 years. I am not going to resign immediately because to do so would leave Killamarsh without a county councillor until May. There could not be a by-election because we are within six months of the May election.

“However I have written to the chief executive saying I will not accept any allowances from the county council during this period.

“I am now looking forward to performing my duties and meeting Derbyshire communities over the coming months.”