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PCC pays tribute as CEO of office steps down

Anna Villette. Screenshot Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel Tuesday, 7 November 2023. Image: LDRS
Anna Villette. Screenshot Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel Tuesday, 7 November 2023. Image: LDRS

Bedfordshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) has thanked his office’s former CEO for her “hard work” in the role as she steps down.

Today (June 20) the PCC, John Tizard, said: “I can confirm that Anna Villette’s time with the office has now come to an end to allow her to focus on new opportunities closer to her family.

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“I’m grateful for the hard work and effort she put into the role during her time with the OPCC. I wish her the best for her future endeavours.”

Ms Villette became the interim ceo in November 2021, and was appointed as CEO in March 2023. By law, all PCCs must employ a chief executive/monitoring officer (CEO).

The ceo role includes supporting and advising the PCC and assist in the discharge of all their statutory duties. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) website says the ceo occupies a “critical position in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

It adds that CEOs have the responsibility for ensuring “the effective implementation” of the PCC’s strategy and “effective use” of the PCC’s resources, and compliance with the full range of statutory duties and responsibilities.

They also set and make sure high standards of conduct in accordance with the Nolan principles is maintained.

Unlike the deputy PCC role, the post of CEO is politically restricted, and the post holder must be appointed on merit.

Bedfordshire Police said that Wayne Humberstone, the director of OPCC Operations, has been appointed as acting chief executive.

by John Guinn
Local Democracy Reporter

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