A Former Very Senior Officer wrote:
2 Oct 2009
MICHAEL POULTER MBE
CHAIRMAN STAFFORDSHIRE POLICE AUTHORITY 2001-2009
It is easy to celebrate the many ways, accolades and Best Force plaudits the Authority and Force have enjoyed in recent years. However I believe the most satisfying memories emanate from earlier times when your resolve and skills were tested by facing up to the challenges that seemed insurmountable to others. You rose above the parochial and party political to achieve a consensus for the tough decisions, that with steadfast determination were seen through to success. You steered the Authority through poor performance headlines, large council tax rises, shrinking staff numbers, wholesale reorganisations and many other local crises to its now acclaimed position: the irrefutable demonstration of ” the difference between the leader and a manager!” Congratulations on 8 outstanding years as Chairman of the Authority that culminated in national recognition with your thoroughly deserved MBE honour.