Dorset chief constable will become first in the country to benefit from new power introduced following the second Winsor report on pay and conditions.
The police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Dorset has justified making his new chief constable the first in England and Wales to receive a 10 per cent salary increase.
CC Debbie Simpson, whose appointment was approved by the forceâ€™s police and crime panel on Thursday (February 7), will receive a salary of Â£146,370 which is a 10 per cent increase on the spot rate for the position in Dorset itself.
Following an approved recommendation in Tom Winsorâ€™s second report on pay and conditions, PCCs now have the power to cut or boost a new chiefâ€™s salary by 10 per cent â€“ using a nationally agreed â€œspot rateâ€ for each force as the baseline.
But the Dorset panel, which holds PCC Martyn Underhill to account, questioned whether the rise could be justified as the force is trying to save Â£10 million before the end of the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2015.
The original spot rate for the role is Â£133,068.
Mr Underhill said the appointment was a one-off and the salary was â€œraised deliberatelyâ€ so he could attract the best candidates.
He said after the hearing had concluded: â€œI think it is justified.
â€œThere were 11 chief vacancies advertised at the same time in the country and I wanted the best candidate so I took the decision to raise the rate.
â€œThe last time we advertised for an ACPO post was for the DCC and we received only two applications. We are also a small force.
â€œThis time for the chief job we received four applications.â€
Asked if he accepted the criticism regarding the wage, he said Â£13,000 was “a small price to pay for a chief constable to drive my vision through”.
CC Simpson was the unanimous choice for the job following a recruitment process last month.
She takes over officially from Martin Baker who stepped down in September 2012 following eight years in the post.
Currently she is the ACPO lead for Disaster Victim Identification and the Forensic lead for Pathology.
PCC Defends Â£13K Chief Salary Increase