Police chief was chauffeur-driven to work every day
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