Final year as authority will be disbanded in November

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Ann Barnes has been re-elected for the seventh consecutive year as chair of the soon to be defunct Kent Police Authority.

Her election follows the annual meeting of the authority - which holds the local police force to account.

Kent County Council’s Mike Hill was elected as vice-chair.

Mrs Barnes, who lives in Lyminge, near Folkestone, was first appointed to the Kent Police Authority in 2001 before being elected as chair in June 2005.

Her final year will be relatively short-lived however. In November it will be disbanded and replaced by the Police and Crime Commissioner, who will be elected by the public.

The police authority is made up of 14 members including councillors and local people, who regularly meet with senior officers. It plays an important role in monitoring Kent Police’s performance and is responsible for appointing the Chief Constable and handling complaints against senior officers. The authority also sets the police budget and any increases in the police council tax.

Mrs Barnes said: “When we step aside in the autumn, we leave behind us am impressive and lasting legacy. Little of this success would have happened without the commitment of the force and authority members. I am delighted to have been re-elected and remain committed to continuing our police authority work until the end on behalf of the taxpayers of the county.”

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