Six Lincolnshire Police chiefs revealed as earning over £100k in one year

Six Lincolnshire Police members of staff received salaries of over £100,000 in the year 2013-2014, with the Chief Constable earning more than £175,000.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance, a group that campaigns for low taxes and “changing the perception that big government is necessary and irreversible”, produced the list which revealed that at least 670 police employees nationally received total remuneration of more than £100,000.

Just under 100 police staff earned in excess of £150,000, including two from Lincolnshire, and 20 received remuneration totalling more than £200,000.

A combination of Freedom of Information requests and analysis of police service annual statements of accounts was used to compile the research, published on November 11.

The six Lincolnshire Police employees who received more than £100,000 were:

  1. Neil Rhodes – Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable – £175,804
  2. Peter Davies – Lincolnshire Police Deputy Temporary Chief Constable – £157,645
  3. Keith Smy – Lincolnshire Police Deputy Temporary Chief Constable – £143,033
  4. Heather Roach – Lincolnshire Police Assistant Chief Constable – £124,155
  5. Lee Freeman – Lincolnshire Police Temporary Assistant Chief Constable – £121,508
  6. Malcolm Burch – Chief Executive of the Office of the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner – £115,822

Since 2014, there have been a number of reshuffles to take into account retirements and transfers to other police forces.

Peter Davies has returned to Lincolnshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable with priority for Local Policing, after a spell in the post of Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

Heather Roach is now Deputy Chief Constable for the force, while Lee Freeman moved to become Assistant Chief Constable at neighbouring Humberside Police at the start of May 2015.

As previously reported, Keith Smy retired from Lincolnshire Police on September 12, 2014, after 30 years of service.

In addition to his duties as Chief Executive for the PCC, Malcolm Burch has also been a Non-Executive Director at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust since July 2013, and is Director of Malcolm Burch Associates, which provides consultancy services to local and central government.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick’s salary was not named in the rich list as it stands at £65,000 per annum.

Additional allowances and expenses brought his total renumeration for 2013-2014 to £77,935.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “The salaries of the Police Commissioner and senior staff are determined by the government not by individual forces.

“The levels of remuneration are affected by the size of the forces concerned.”

Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The men and women working in these services do tough, dangerous jobs for which the public are grateful, but that only makes it even more infuriating when those at the top continue to get taxpayer-funded deals and pay-offs that are completely out of step with reality.

“Necessary savings are being made and this reality must be reflected in the pay packages for the top brass.”

The research follows the publication of the TaxPayers’ Alliance’s Town Hall Rich List, which showed over 60 employees of Lincolnshire councils earn six-figure salaries.

Additional figures published by the organisation revealed that hundreds of NHS employees in Lincolnshire received in excess of £100,000 in the last financial year, with a small number of bosses earning more than £200,000.