1,600 euros a day for police chief
Parliament is outraged by news that the town of Almere has appointed an interim manager to oversee the region’s police force for a daily fee of 1,600 euros.
The manager, Leo Zaal of the Twynstra Gudde consultancy, has been appointed by Almere Mayor Annemarie Jorritsma of the conservative VVD party to lead the Flevoland police force in the absence of a superintendant.
The manager is to earn 192,000 a year for 2.5 days a week.
The Christian Democrats, the populist Freedom Party, Labour and the Socialist Party have all voiced dismay at the fee.
The Socialist Party, which revealed the news, is especially angered that external consultants are paid what it calls exorbitant fees at a time when the government is carrying out huge budget cuts.
In response to the news conservative VVD Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten has promised to propose “within days” several candidates for the post of police superintendant so the consultant won’t have to be appointed. cl
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