It is with great sadness we announce the death of Bob Jones, the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands.
Mr Jones, who was 59, died in his sleep at home last night.
Bob Jones was elected the first West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner on 15 November 2012, after a long and distinguished career in public service.
Bob’s wife Sarah said: “Bob was a warm and wonderful man. Nothing was more important to Bob than his family which he loved with a passion. He was a very special man who will be terribly missed by his loved ones and I’m sure by the many people whose lives he touched in public service.”
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito said: “This is a huge loss to the West Midlands and to policing. Bob was a dear friend and a deeply committed public servant. All our thoughts are with Bob’s wife Sarah and his family at this sad time.”
“Bob was a remarkable yet humble man. He always used public transport and was always happy to meet anyone who wanted to see him. He was that rare individual – a true man of the people.”
West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims said: “Bob was a brilliant Police and Crime Commissioner who brought great knowledge and empathy to the role.
“It was a pleasure to work with Bob over so many years. His public life was dedicated to always trying to get the best out of the police service which he did with vigour.”
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" and was the Campaigning Strategy Director for the Campaign for Real Ale.