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Ref: PCC/D/2024/11

Executive Summary:

Following a recruitment process the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has selected a preferred candidate to become Deputy PCC for West Mercia.

The Commissioner’s appointment of Marc Bayliss into the role is subject to contract and confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel.


That the PCC formalise his selection of Marc Bayliss as preferred candidate for the Deputy PCC role in West Mercia.

Approval Of:

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

I hereby approve the above proposals.

Signed: John Campion.

Part 1 – Non-Confidential/Exempt Facts and Figures

Supporting Report

By virtue of s18 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (the Act) the PCC may appoint a person to be the Deputy PCC. The post is not politically restricted.

Marc Bayliss was originally appointed to the role in 2022 following a full, thorough recruitment process and confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel. His contract ended in May 2024, co-terminus with the PCC’s term of office.

Following the re-election of John Campion as PCC, a process has been conducted to verify Mr Bayliss continues to meet the Commissioner’s requirements as Deputy PCC.

This process included review of the role profile, Mr Bayliss being invited to apply setting out how he met key criteria from the role profile, and a formal interview with the PCC, observed by the Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer.

Details of this process were identical to a similar scenario in 2021. The process followed national good practice identified via the Association of PCCs and Association of Police and Crime Chief Executives, and was agreed in advance as being appropriate to the scenario by the West Mercia Police and Crime Panel.

At the end of the process, it was agreed by the PCC that Mr Bayliss continued to meet the requirements of the role.

Mr Bayliss’ role is subject to terms and conditions that include a salary of £36,586 (0.7 FTE pro rata equivalent), and a requirement to maintain Management Vetting. The appointment of the new Deputy PCC remains subject to contract and confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel.

Strategic Considerations:

This decision supports the following element(s) of the Safer West Mercia Plan:

Putting victims and survivors of crime first.

Reforming West Mercia.

Building a more secure West Mercia.

Reassuring West Mercia’s communities.

The decision supports this/ these objective(s) through the following:

The recruitment of a Deputy PCC is intended to support delivery of every element of the Safer West Mercia Plan.

Providing reassurance via conducting a process in line with national good practice.

Benefits And Their Realisation:

Benefits will be in support of all aspects of delivery of the PCC’s Safer West Mercia Plan throughout the term of office.


Gareth Boulton – Chief Executive

Date: 08.07.2024

Financial and Treasurer Comments

Signed: Paul Benfield – Treasurer.

Date: 09.07.2024

Legal Considerations

By virtue of schedule 11, paragraph 14 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 the Police and Crime Commissioner may do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the exercise of the functions of commissioner.  That includes: entering into contracts and other agreements (whether legally binding or not) and acquiring and disposing of property (including land).

Public Access To Information

Information in this form is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act) and other legislation.  Part 1 of this form will be made available on the West Mercia Commissioner’s website. Any facts and advice that should not be made automatically available on request are not included in Part 1 but instead in a separate Part 2 report.

Officer Approval

Chief Executive Officer

Gareth Boulton

Date: 09.07.2024