Po­lice chief was chauf­feur-driven to work ev­ery day

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

be­lieved to have earned £140,000 a year.

Matthew El­liott, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Tax­Pay­ers’ Al­liance, said the rev­e­la­tions were as­ton­ish­ing and that Kent res­i­dents wanted their coun­cil tax to go to­wards crime-fight­ing, not “fer­ry­ing around higher rank­ing of­fi­cers.”

“As Chief Con­sta­ble, Mr Fuller should have made his own way to and from work,” he said. “He was al­ready re­ceiv­ing a gen­er­ous salary and is in line for a healthy pen­sion. It’s as­ton­ish­ing that tax­pay­ers were ex­pected to fund what was es­sen­tially his daily com­mute, in a chauf­feur-driven ve­hi­cle. Even with­out the eco­nomic cri­sis, the idea of a Chief Con­sta­ble hav­ing two or three driv­ers at his dis­posal will ou­trage mem­bers of the pub­lic.”

KPA says that un­der plans for 2010/2011 it has re­duced the num­ber of driv­ers and cars by one, cit­ing the “cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate” as the rea­son.

Mr Fuller has now taken up the role of Chief In­spec­tor with the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice.

The po­lice author­ity said the pre­vi­ous con­trac­tual agree­ment was in place to “max­imise the Chief Con­sta­ble’s avail­abil­ity to un­der­take Kent Po­lice work”.

The two re­main­ing driv­ers are both po­lice of­fi­cers, whose salary band is £22,000 - £35,000.

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Mike Fuller has de­fended his travel ar­range­ments

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