Councillor becomes deputy commissioner

Coun Sue Murphy

Coun Sue Murphy

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A St Helens councillor and cabinet member has been selected as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside.

The part-time role will see Coun Murphy deputise for the police commissioner Jane Kennedy when necessary as well as focusing specifically on victim support services, community safety issues, and restorative justice.

Coun Murphy has held numerous cabinet positions in St Helens since being elected to St Helens Council in 2004 to represent the Billinge and Seneley Green Ward, including the briefs for neighbourhoods and community safety and public health.

She will continue to represent her ward but will no longer hold a cabinet role within the council.

Coun Murphy said: “I have been passionate about serving my community and acting as a spokesperson for local people for many years and I am honoured that I will now be able to fulfil this role for the whole of Merseyside.

“This is a great opportunity to work alongside the commissioner and with a whole range of partners on some of the issues that matter most to our communities: crime, anti-social behaviour, protecting the vulnerable and caring for victims. I am really excited to start work.

“As all our budgets continue to shrink, it is even more vital that we pull together to find new ways of working in order to cut crime and keep all our communities safe.”

Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I am delighted Sue will be joining my team to work alongside me in serving the people of Merseyside, listening to their views and working to keep all our communities safe.

“The quality of the candidates who applied for this position was very high, but Sue stood out as having an exceptional track record and a level of

experience that I am sure will be invaluable in providing the best possible support for victims and vulnerable people.”

Leader of St Helens Council Barrie Grunewald wished Coun Murphy well in her new role and announced his cabinet reshuffle.

Coun Grunewald said: “I am obviously sorry to lose such a capable individual from my cabinet but the role of deputy commissioner is extremely important and I warmly congratulate Sue on her appointment.

“The appointment demonstrates the quality of work done by Sue in St Helens over recent years and I am absolutely sure she will be a success in the future. “We are extremely pleased to see a continued focus on community safety and know that Sue is well placed to lead on such an issue for the whole of Merseyside. I think it is an excellent appointment.”

Newton councillor Jeanie Bell joins St Helens Council’s cabinet as portfolio holder for public health and wellbeing, replacing Coun Andy Bowden who is taking over Coun Murphy’s role for children, families and young people.