Biography of Bob Jones

Bob Jones CBE FRSA

Bob Jones was elected the first West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner on 15 November 2012.

He was born and bred in Wolverhampton and he has never lived more than a mile from where he was born, except when studying for his degree in Nottingham (BA (Hons) Public Administration).

Bob served as a Labour Councillor from 1980 to 2013 for Blakenhall in Wolverhampton.  He was a Cabinet member for Leisure and Community Safety at Wolverhampton City Council and has served on various scrutiny boards.  He has held responsibilities as Chair of Education, Finance, and Youth Committees plus many others as Wolverhampton City Councillor, including chairing Wolverhampton Community Safety Partnership.

He was previously a member of West Midlands Police Authority from 1986 to 2012, and chaired the Authority from 1995-2000.  Bob served as a member of the Association of Police Authorities (APA) where he was Deputy Chairman from 2004-2005 and Chairman from 2005-2009.  He was also a member of the National Policing Board, National Criminal Justice Board and Senior Appointment Panel.  He has also been a member of the service authorities for the National Crime Squad (NCS) and National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), and chaired the disciplinary committee for both authorities. He is currently a member of the College of Policing board and Chair of the Employer Side of the Police Staff Council.

Bob has served as a non-executive director of the Black Country Cluster PCT Boards and has chaired various other local community organisations and trusts.

In 2010 Bob was awarded the CBE for "services to policing".

He was also the Campaigning Strategy Director for the Campaign for Real Ale.

Bob Jones passed away on 1 July 2014.