Grahame Maxwell: Chief constable
|By Chris Brooke Last updated at 9:48 PM on 25th November 2010|
One of the country’s top police officers could be sacked over allegations he unfairly helped family members during a recruitment drive.
Grahame Maxwell is the first UK Chief Constable in 35 years to face a disciplinary hearing and could lose his £133,000-a-year job if found guilty of gross misconduct.
His £109,000-a-year deputy Adam Briggs faces a lesser charge of misconduct for his part in the incident, and could receive a final warning.
The charges follow an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into their North Yorkshire force’s drive to fill 60 vacancies in February.
Applications forms were only being made available to the first 1,000 suitable candidates, although the force received 350,000 calls in the week the phone line was open.
It is alleged that the chief constable phoned one of his relatives, who was trying to apply, after a hotline crashed because of demand from thousands of potential candidates.
Relatives of both senior officers did not make it on to a list of suitable applicants before the lines went down – but were still called back.
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