Police and Crime Commissioners were shocked and saddened to learn that Bob Jones passed away this morning in his sleep.
Bob Jones was born and bred in Wolverhampton.
Bob served as a Labour Councillor from 1980 to 2013 for Blakenhall in Wolverhampton. He was previously a member of West Midlands Police Authority from 1986 to 2012, and chaired the Authority from 1995-2000. Bob served as a member of the Association of Police Authorities (APA) where he was Deputy Chairman from 2004-2005 and Chairman from 2005-2009.
Bob Jones was elected the first West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner on 15th November 2012.
Tony Lloyd, Chairman of The APCC Board and Greater Manchester PCC said:
â€œI was shocked and saddened by the news that Bob Jones passed away this morning. My thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time.
Bob will be remembered as a hugely influential figure in policing who devoted his life to keeping the local communities of West Midlands safe. His views on policing were sometimes controversial and often provoked debate nationally, but nobody would question his commitment to policing.
We have lost a great friend and colleague who was an outstanding representative for the people of the West Midlands.â€