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Police authority appoints chief

Police Scotland's civilian oversight body has appointed its first permanent chief executive officer.

John Foley has been appointed the permanent CEO of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), five months after the departure of its first interim chief Andrea Quinn.

Mr Foley, 52, former managing director of Glasgow Council body City Building, has filled the post on an interim basis since September and has now been made permanent.

His annual salary will be in the range of £105,000 to £115,000.

Ms Quinn was the most high profile of a number of interim board members to resign following a difficult inception of the SPA.

The SPA saw some of its scrutiny powers reassigned to Police Scotland following a power struggle between Chief Constable Sir Stephen House and SPA chief executive Vic Emery.

Mr Emery assured MSPs last year that the departures were made for personal reasons and were unrelated to the operation of the SPA.

Mr Foley's appointment will be "a pivotal step in progressing SPA towards a permanent organisational structure with the capacity and capability to support the Authority in its strategy, scrutiny, governance and engagement work", according to Mr Emery.

He said: "John has demonstrated that he has the professional skills, knowledge and leadership experience necessary to support and guide us through this process and beyond.

"As interim CEO he has already built strong working relationships within policing and beyond policing, and I look forward to continuing to work with him and build on the momentum that has been created in the past few months."

Mr Foley said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the SPA team. Major strides have been made in the reform of policing in the last year, but there is no question that much hard work remains ahead of us. It will be my responsibility, as accountable officer for the policing budget, to provide assurance that the reform programme delivers best value for the taxpayer and within a balanced budget."

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