CHESHIRE’S new police and crime commissioner has tapped into a wealth of expertise by appointing a deputy.
John Dwyer has announced his deputy will be Margaret Ollerenshaw, who was chairman of the Cheshire Police Authority, which was replaced by the new commissioner role.
Mr Dwyer said: “It quickly became clear to me that in order to perform my duties effectively I would need a second in command.
“Margaret Ollerenshaw was the obvious choice as she has the breadth and depth of experience and has the respect and support of other leaders in Cheshire.
“This is a 12-month appointment to enable me to fully understand the scope of this new and challenging role and to see how the Government’s proposals for the role continue to evolve.”
Mrs Ollerenshaw has experience of business management in the private sector and has made a contribution in the voluntary sector.
She also has experience of the criminal justice system through her time as a magistrate as well as her role on the former police authority.
Mr Dwyer said: “She demonstrated her ability to effectively scrutinise and challenge and clearly has the qualities necessary to support me in ensuring both the delivery of an efficient and effective policing service and continuous improvement in services and performance.
“Her skills, knowledge and experience will be invaluable in the transition from the police authority model to the new way of working, which I am already introducing.”
Mrs Ollerenshaw said: “I am delighted that John Dwyer has appointed me as deputy police and crime commissioner for Cheshire.
“I enjoy working with the police and in criminal justice as I know it can make a real difference to people’s lives. I am looking forward to assisting the commissioner in delivering his Police and Crime Plan and ensuring the services delivered to the public best meet their needs and continue to improve.”
Mr Dwyer added: “The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 stipulates that the Police and Crime Panel undertakes a confirmatory process of the proposed appointment and we thought it only right and proper that we should await their confirmation before making this announcement.”