County Council leader stands down to run for police role
leader of Somerset County Council announced on Monday (April 16th)
that he is standing down in order to run for office to become
the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.
Maddock, pictured, has held the role of Leader at the County Council
since the 2009 local elections.
announced his intention to seek the Conservative Party nomination
to stand as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Avon and Somerset.
Successful candidates will stand in a regional election due to
be held in November.
to stand down as Somerset County Council leader has been a really
hard decision, a real wrench," said Cllr Maddock. "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
Maddocks intention to resign will bring about a leadership
election within the Conservative group of councillors and a successor
will be approved through a vote at the Councils annual meeting
in May Cllr Maddock will then formally step down. He will
continue to represent his Mendip South ward as an elected council
will do everything I can to ensure a smooth transition as I hand
over," he said. "I have worked through some of the toughest
financial times in several generations and am proud of the work
we have done and the achievements we have delivered within those
extremely difficult budget challenges."
Ross Henley, deputy leader of Somerset Liberal Democrat County
welcomed Monday's announcement as "great news for Somerset."
He said: "Sadly, Kens legacy is one of destruction
and disaster. He led the County Council to close all out tips
two days a week and on Sunday afternoons and thanks to his policies,
fly tipping has rocketed. Large parts of Somerset have a £2
entry fee to a tip, thanks to Ken."
"He led the council to the Courts when his library closure
campaign was ruled unlawful. He cut 100 per cent of the arts budget.
He threatened to withdraw all funding from most youth centres
and has made massive cuts to highway verge cutting, weeds and
gulley budgets. He also cut funding to our Police Community Support
Officers and now he wants to be the elected Police Commissioner."