West Yorkshire ex-chief constable loses High Court case

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

A High Court judge is preparing to deliver a ruling on a dispute between a retired police chief and a police and crime commissioner.

Mark Gilmore said Mark Burns-Williamson had unfairly failed to complete disciplinary proceedings into gross misconduct claims brought against him.

He asked a judge to order Mr Burns-Williamson to "make a case-to-answer decision".

He said Mr Burns-Williamson was "under no obligation to made a case-to-answer determination".

However, despite a second investigation which also found Mr Gilmore had no case to answer, Mr Burns-Williamson took the view that there was a case to answer for gross misconduct.

Mr Burns-Williamson said he welcomed the judge's conclusion and hoped now to "re-focus my efforts on supporting our dedicated police officers and staff working to help keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe".

Mr Gilmore had been accused of having an "inappropriate relationship" with bosses at a auto dealership; using that relationship to "benefit personally via the purchase of a VW Golf for his son"; treating colleagues "inappropriately"; making "comments of a sexual nature to female staff"; misusing police resources and bypassing an "official procurement process" in order to "employ a friend in a senior management role". He had been suspended in 2014 following allegations about his relationship with a auto dealership.

But he said he had "not made that decision in a formal sense".

Mr Johnson said all Mr Gilmore was asking was for Mr Burns-Williamson to make a decision on the investigation he initiated.

John Beggs QC, who represented Mr Burns-Williamson, said: "But for [his] decision to retire he would have received the decision".

Mr Gilmore was appointed chief constable in 2013 but was suspended 14 months later in connection with an investigation into the awarding of vehicle contracts in Northern Ireland.

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