Police and Crime Panel confirm PCC’s appointment of Chief Executive

Merseyside / February 15

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has confirmed that her interim Chief Executive will take up the position permanently following a confirmation hearing by the body which scrutinises her work.

Clive Howarth’s selection for the role was formally considered at a confirmation hearing of the Police and Crime Panel for Merseyside at The Venue in Huyton last week.

Clive, a former Chief Superintendent and Area Commander for Merseyside Police, has been carrying out the role on an interim basis since August 2016 following the departure of Dr. Joanne Liddy, who left the Commissioner’s office to take up a role at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HRMC) in Bootle.

An open selection process was started in September to recruit someone to the position permanently. This included advertising the position widely, both in the national press and by key partners, including the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). This resulted in 13 people applying for the position. Following shortlisting, three candidates were interviewed.

The interview process was independently observed by the Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Cllr Christina O’Hare and included a presentation and rigorous Q&A session. The Commissioner’s decision to offer the job to Clive on a permanent basis was then taken to a confirmation hearing of the full Panel last week for them to formally approve.

Jane said: “I am pleased that the Panel have confirmed my decision to appoint Clive to the role of Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer on a permanent basis.

“Clive has very quickly got to grips with the role during his time as Interim Chief Executive, demonstrating great experience, a strong understanding of the demand and requirements of the position and the office and a drive to deliver high standards. Clive is an extremely experienced and committed public servant, who has dedicated his career to keeping Merseyside a safe place to work, live and visit, and it is clear he shares my vision for policing and crime prevention services.

“Clive has already shown strong leadership skills heading up my office and has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing our police service going forward. I have no doubt he will do a great job as my Chief Executive and  I look forward to working together with him to set the strategic direction for Merseyside Police on behalf of the people of Merseyside.”

Clive, who studied at the University of Sheffield and Liverpool Hope University, initially worked as a Production Engineer at Lucas Aerospace before joining Merseyside Police in October 1986, working his way up from Constable to Chief Superintendent with responsibility for delivering policing for the entire South Liverpool area.

During his career, he also held the role of Head of Force Training and was a strategic project manager. He retired from the Force in July 2015.

Clive said: “I’m delighted that both the Commissioner and the Panel have selected me to take up this position permanently. I was born and raised in Liverpool and, having spent the vast majority of my career working to prevent crime, I am very much looking forward to working with the Commissioner to continue to keep our communities safe.

“This is a challenging, but exciting time for policing, and I hope I can help the Commissioner to deliver her strategic vision for Merseyside, ensuring progress is made against the priorities she sets, while providing the best possible service to the public of Merseyside.”

As Chief Executive, Clive has with responsibility for the legal decisions of the Commissioner with a remit to draw the Commissioner’s attention to any actual or possible contravention of law, maladministration or injustice. Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 the PCC must have a Chief Executive and a Chief Financial Officer. These are statutory roles within her office, with the Chief Executive also acting as the Monitoring Officer. 

Clive will take up the role, which carries a salary of £73,000 immediately.

Find out more about the role here.