‘Bully’ com­plaint up­held by panel

The is­sue in Ju­lia Mul­li­gan’s of­fice was de­scribed as ‘en­demic’

The Scarborough News - - NEWS - By Paul Con­nolly paul.con­nolly@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PaulConJourno

North York­shire’s Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner dis­played “bul­ly­ing be­hav­iour” to­wards staff, a panel has ruled.

North York­shire’s Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner dis­played “bul­ly­ing be­hav­iour” to­wards staff, a panel over­see­ing her work has ruled.

De­scrib­ing the is­sue as “en­demic” at Ju­lia Mul­li­gan’s of­fice, the Po­lice and Crime Panel up­held a com­plaint from a mem­ber of staff, which had been sup­ported by sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tions from three other peo­ple.

Mrs Mul­li­gan has hit back, say­ing the panel’s con­clu­sions were “re­gret­table and dis­ap­point­ing and were there a mech­a­nism to ap­peal, I would cer­tainly do so”.

The com­plaint had been lodged by a for­mer mem­ber of Mrs Mul­li­gan’s staff, named only as AB, with sup­port­ing state­ments from three other in­di­vid­u­als “who sim­i­larly al­leged that they had been sub­jected to bul­ly­ing be­hav­iour by the PCC (Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner)”.

The re­port by Coun Peter Wilkin­son, chair­man of the panel’s com­plaints sub-com­mit­tee, and a Con­ser­va­tive mem­ber of Ham­ble­ton District Coun­cil, said while they did not find that Mrs Mul­li­gan had set out to be “a bully”, she dis­played “char­ac­ter­is­tics of bul­ly­ing be­hav­iour” and there were “mul­ti­ple ex­am­ples given within the com­plaint state­ments of the PCC re­act­ing iras­ci­bly to­wards var­i­ous staff in the of­fice”.

The re­port sets out six rec­om­men­da­tions, in­clud­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of an in­de­pen­dent staff sur­vey.

It calls on Mrs Mul­li­gan to re­flect upon the com­plaints and un­dergo lead­er­ship train­ing.

Mrs Mul­li­gan, a Con­ser­va­tive com­mis­sioner, said she was “shocked” by both the panel’s ap­proach to the com­plaint and its sub­se­quent find­ings.

She said: “I take great pride in the ser­vice my hard-work­ing team of­fer to the pub­lic. It’s not per­fect and there have been some is­sues, but they are a great team, who share my drive to sup­port the pub­lic. I there­fore do not recog­nise any ‘sys­temic’ is­sues within the OPCC (Of­fice of the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner).

“Through­out this process I have of­fered to meet with the panel so they could ‘in­ves­ti­gate’ mat­ters – no door has been closed.

“In the spirit of open­ness and trans­parency un­der which I ap­proach ev­ery as­pect of my work, I again of­fer this to the panel.

“To draw the con­clu­sions they have, given all the above, is re­gret­table and dis­ap­point­ing and were there a mech­a­nism to ap­peal, I would cer­tainly do so.

“On the rec­om­men­da­tions them­selves, I am happy to con­sider them, but I would need con­sid­er­able re­as­sur­ance that the mat­ter will be dealt with fairly and con­struc­tively, not least on be­half of my staff.”

Ju­lia Mul­li­gan: “Were there a mech­a­nism to ap­peal, I cer­tainly would do so”

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