UK Independence Party
John Short, 65, lives in Swindon and has been a Wiltshire resident for 28 years. I worked as a corporate director at Swindon Council for 25 years, and am qualified in all aspects of local government management. I successfully carried out the post of corporate director, director of commercial services and deputy chief executive of Swindon Borough Council having overall responsibility for a budget of £60-£70 million and a staff over 3000. These roles enabled me to manage the council in conjunction with elected members and local politicians. My experience is invaluable to the position that I seek, I have a proven track record of running a large budget successfully and delivering a value for money service. Also working in the private sector, with my background of public sector training, assists my suitability for this post, in a tough competitive environment.
My vision for policing in the County of Wiltshire, in conjunction with the Chief Constable and officers would be to make Wiltshire the safest county in the country, whilst protecting front line police services and staff and not agreeing to any budget cuts in this important area. I will look closely at the true value of PFI funding schemes. Obvious areas of savings have already been identified in the current budget such as procurement, service delivery, with the emphasis of value for money for the taxpayer. I can help maintain a top class police service in Wiltshire, whilst returning to a more local, identifiable and personal approach to policing. It is important that local police officers become well known and thus approachable as they are a fabric of our community.
I also wish for closer working relationships with the probation services, NHS and other emergency services.
This statement has been prepared by Terry Davis, 15 Sandown Ave, Swindon