Ken Maddock to resign from leadership of Somerset County Council
By marion_TLocal | Monday, April 16, 2012, 17:17
The leader of Somerset County Council has announced today he is to stand down in order to run for office to become the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.
councillor Ken Maddock resigning as leader of SCC
Ken Maddock has held the role of Leader at the County Council since the Conservatives won the local election in 2009 and has had a rough ride having announced countless unpopular cut backs and the selling off of public property such as county farms and more recently an area of the Quantocks.
He 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.
Councillor Maddock said:"Deciding to stand down as Somerset County Council leader has been a really hard decision, a real wrench,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 to offer."
His 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 Council's annual meeting in May which is when he will formally step down. He will however,continue to represent his Mendip South ward as an elected council member.
"I 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."
The PCC post is new, designed to represent residents across the region and to hold the Police to account,helping cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service .
The Home Office states that PCCs will not be expected to run the police.