SOUTH YORKSHIRE: NEW PCC, ALAN BILLINGS, TAKES THE OFFICE
The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner, South Yorkshire avowed in an inaugural ceremony – and promised that he will be “people’s commissioner.”
The retired Anglican priest took the official oath of maintaining neutrality in politics and carrying out the tasks of county’s new Police and Crime Commissioner dutifully.
“I will be a voice for all South Yorkshire people. I will be the people’s commissioner,” he was quoted as saying.
Resident of Crookes, Sheffield, Dr Billings has served in the past as deputy head of the Sheffield Council and also as the Walkley councilor during the period of 1980-1990. Also, he has been Church OF England priest in four parishes .
He further said that he’s honored to have been appointed and that he is dedicated to work with all of the communities in the South Yorkshire in order to unite people to confront the difficult times ahead [in case they ever arise].
Mr. Billings was recently elected after the Labour Party won the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner by-elections.
Alan Billings, who took more than 50% preference votes while UKIP’s Jack Clarkson got only 31.7%, replaced Shaun Wright, who resigned from the post after the release of the report that triggered child abuse scandal. Greater population turned up to vote, comparatively, in 2012 when Shaun Wright was elected (14.5%). With 12.5% and 5.8%, The Conservatives and the English Democrats came third and fourth, respectively.
Shaun Wright faced intense pressure after it was exposed by the Jay report that nearly 1,400 children had been mistreated by gangs in Rotherham. Mr. Wright was the councilor between 2005 and 2010 who supervised children’s services in the area.