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Tributes paid to former police officer and council staff member in Staffordshire

By Thomas Parkes | Stafford | Politics | Published:

Tributes have been paid to a former police officer and senior council staff member in Staffordshire.

Mick Harrison

Mick Harrison MBE, who worked at Staffordshire County Council, died on April 2 – eight months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The 59-year-old had previously served as a beat constable in Stoke, rising to the rank of Acting Assistant Chief Constable before joining the authority.

County Councillor Philip Atkins, leader of the authority, called Mr Harrison a "gentleman" who was dedicated to public service.

"Mick Harrison MBE spent 30 years with Staffordshire Police in increasingly senior roles, before working at Staffordshire County Council for nine years – latterly as assistant director responsible for developing children’s services," he said.

"His was a life devoted to public service in Staffordshire. Not only that, but he was a gentleman, known for his ready smile, good cheer and friendliness.

"Mick will be missed terribly by all those who knew him and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time."

The 59-year-old was known for being the commissioner for community safety, overseeing the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

The organisation has seen Staffordshire Police, the council, NHS and other organisations protect the county's most vulnerable and adults.

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Mr Harrison worked as an assistant director in the families and communities directorate, working to develop children's services.

He received an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours last in January 2012.

An online book of condolence has been created for county council staff to pay their respects.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Senior Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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