The first items of business at the panel AGM were to elect a new Chairman and Vice Chairman before the regular business of challenge and support for the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst. Cllr Godfrey Isaacs of Castlepoint Borough Council was elected as the PFCP Vice Chair.
What does John do on the panel?
John Gili-Ross has become the first independent co-opted member to be elected as Chairman since the panel’s inception in 2012. He has been a member of the panel since 2013 and has served on every working party during this time including being involved in the Commissioners successful business case submission to the Home Office to take on the Governance of the Essex Fire & Rescue Service in 2017.
What does John do across Essex?
John is well known across the county as a former Chairman and now Vice Chairman of the Essex Association of Local Councils, a Parish Councillor for more than 30 years, Chairman of Colchester Association of Local Councils (CALC) and Parish & Town Council member of the Colchester Local Highways Panel.
In 2018, John was elected as Chairman of the National Association of Police, Fire & Crime Panels (NAPFCP), to direct the NAPFCP work programs and interface with the Home Office, Local Government Association, Association of Police & Crime Commissioners and the 42 Panel Chairs and Vice Chairs in England and Wales.
Jane Gardner’s re-appointment as Deputy Commissioner
Following the Panel’s AGM, a separate statutory confirmation meeting was convened where members unanimously agreed to the reappointment of Jane Gardner as the Deputy Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner. In a statement, John said, “I am extremely pleased to confirm on behalf of the Essex Panel, Jane Gardner’s reappointment to the position of Deputy Commissioner. She has been a superb Deputy Commissioner for the last four years and I look forward to working with her in the future. I know that Essex residents will benefit immensely from her experience, skills and can-do attitude whilst supporting Roger Hirst.
What is the Essex Police, Fire & Crime Panel?
The PFCP is a Home Office mandated panel consisting of elected member representation from Essex County Council, Southend & Thurrock Unitary Authorities plus the ten District or Borough Local Authorities in Essex. Panels are also required to have a minimum of two Co-opted Independent members that are appointed by a selection panel for a four-year term.
What does the panel do?
The panel plays a vital role in holding the Commissioner to account. Its principal responsibilities are to:
- Scrutinise the Commissioner's Annual Report and Fire Statement
- Review and scrutinise the decisions and actions of the Commissioner
- Review the Commissioner's proposed council tax precept levels and have the power to veto the decision
- Review the proposed appointment of the Chief Constable, Chief Fire Officer and Deputy Commissioner and recommend to appoint or not (or veto the appointment)
- Review the Commissioner's proposed senior appointments and recommend to appoint or not
- Review the conduct of the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner, and consider non-criminal complaints against them
Further information on the work of the Police Fire & Crime Panel can be found on their website here.
The EALC office is open between 09:00 & 17:00 from Monday to Thursday, and between 08:30 & 16:00 on Fridays. We can be reached on the landline number 01371 879722 during these times.
The Essex Association of Local Councils would like to thank Essex County Council for their continued support of and financial commitment to our activities and services in the parish sector of Essex.