EX-mayor retires

FORMER Barnsley Mayor John Parkinson has retired as a member of South Yorkshire Police Authority after almost a decade in the role.

Coun Parkinson, who was Mayor of Barnsley in 2009-10, will finish his term as a councillor at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in May.

At his last meeting with the Police Authority, chairman Charles Perryman paid tribute to him.

He said: “During his time with the police authority John has distinguished himself with diligence, passion and a drive to speak up for the people of South Yorkshire.

“He has shown a great level of commitment to the authority throughout his time, in particular during his popular reign as Barnsley mayor.

“John will also be remembered for his inquisitive nature in meetings with his detailed scrutiny of matters of authority business.

“We would like to wish John all the best in his future endeavours whatever they may be.”

Coun Parkinson sat on a number of committees in his time at the authority including Audit and Protective Services.

He was also chair of the Performance Committee, holding the force to account against authority performance targets.