Elected new police boss resigns his council seat

West Yorkshire's first Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.
West Yorkshire's first Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.
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West Yorkshire’s newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner has fulfilled his pledge to resign his seat as a councillor on Wakefield Council.

Mark Burns-Williamson, who was a Labour councillor for the Castleford and Glasshoughton ward for almost 15 years, announced his intention to resign after being elected as crime chief last November.

He sent a resignation letter to Wakefield Council yesterday.

A Wakefield Council spokeswoman said a by election will be held for the vacant seat on Thursday February 21.

In the resignation letter, addressed to Wakefield Council chief executive Joanne Roney, Mr Burns-Williamson wrote: “The responsibilities attached to the role of Police and Crime Commissioner mean that I am no longer able to devote the time necessary to continue as a councillor and having fulfilled the outstanding commitments to the people of Castleford and Glasshoughton it is now right and proper for me to resign my seat.

“I have represented Castleford Central and Glasshoughton for what would have been 15 years in May and it is of course with some sadness that I write this letter, but I know it is right for the people of Castleford and Glasshoughton that a new councillor is elected who can dedicate themselves to serving on the council.

“It was a real honour to be elected for Castleford Central and Glasshoughton in 1998 and without the continued support and the hard work of may in the community I would not have been able to serve for nearly 15 years. I am proud to have had the privilege to work with others to achieve so much for our community.”

A Wakefield Council spokeswoman said: “Mark Burns-Williamson was elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner on November 16 2012. He officially took up the post from November 22 and from that date did not claim any councillor allowance to avoid any conflict.”

Mr Burns-Williamson has said he intends to appoint a Deputy Police and Crime commissioner. But he has stressed his first priority is to appoint a permanent Chief Constable for the West Yorkshire force.

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