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North Wales’ first Police and Crime Commissioner will step down in May.
Winston Roddick has ruled out seeking a second term at this May’s elections, citing family reasons. His deputy, Julian Sandham, is expected to run as an independent candidate.
Mr Roddick, a barrister who previously worked as a constable with Merseyside Police, was elected to the role in November 2012. He told a Police and Crime panel on Monday afternoon that the birth of his two granddaughters was the main reason for what he called a ‘difficult’ decision to step down.
He added: ”I’m not getting any younger and the burdens of this job are going to increase and therefore I think I’ve done my bit…I believe there are public responsibilities which I might be asked to undertake and of course I’ll take them, but they will be nowhere near as demanding as this role has been, enjoyable as it was.”
During his term as commissioner, Mr Roddick oversaw an overall drop in crime figures across the region, as well as the launch of specialist teams tackling rural crime and child sex exploitation. He also faced criticism over his decision to appoint a new chief executive after the incumbent, Alina Humphreys, took voluntary redundancy. A complaint against him was rejected last month.
So far, two candidates have been confirmed for the election on 5th May – Labour’s David Taylor and Plaid Cymru’s Arfon Jones. The Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP have yet to announce their candidates.