A MONTH after being appointed as Police and Crime Commisioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer has appointed a deputy so he can ‘perform duties effectively’.

Margaret Ollerenshaw, who was previously chairman of the Police Authority before it was disbanded in favour of the commisoner role, has been given the job.

She will be paid £22,500 for a one year contract working an average of three days a week.

Mr Dwyer said: “It quickly became clear to me that in order to perform my duties effectively I would need a second in command.

“Margaret Ollerenshaw was the obvious choice.

“This is a twelve month appointment to enable me to fully understand the scope of this new and challenging role and to see how the Government’s proposals for the role continue to evolve.

Mrs Ollerenshaw said she was ‘delighted’ with the appointment.