Fancy being the Mayor of Milton Keynes for a day? Here’s your chance

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Young people are invited to enter a competition to become the Mayor, the Chief of Police of Milton Keynes, or Director of People for MK Council for the day on Friday 18 November as part of Takeover Day.

Takeover Day is a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England, and offers children and young people the chance to work with adults and get involved in decision-making.

This year, young people in Milton Keynes are being offered the opportunity to spend the day with either the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Steve Coventry, the Local Police Area Commander, Gez Chiariello, or the Director of People, Michael Bracey.

During his or her year in office, the Mayor is the First Citizen of Milton Keynes and as such is an ambassador for the town and for the Council. They attend approximately 15 engagements every week and are responsible for promoting Milton Keynes as a fantastic place to live and work.

The Local Police Area Commander is the most senior police officer in Milton Keynes. He or she has responsibility for over 350 police officers and staff and will decide on a daily basis where best to deploy those officers to protect the communities across the city.

The Director of People at Milton Keynes council helps residents on social care issues and provides vital services to improve and safeguard their lives. His or her job role includes working closely with local schools and cooperate organisations.

“The People Directorate oversees adult and children’s services in Milton Keynes,” said Michael.

“For those young people interested in how the council helps local people to be safe and promote their wellbeing, this experience will be really interesting’.”

Mayor, Cllr Steve Coventry, said: “I’m very excited to be taking part in this year’s Takeover Day. As the Mayor of Milton Keynes I find great pleasure in interacting with the local community, so spending an entire day with the young person who wins this competition will be fantastic.”

Local Police Area Commander, Gez Chiariello, added: “My job role requires strong leadership, managing risks, and decision making skills. Every day is different, making it a great opportunity for a young person to experience first-hand what being a police officer in Milton Keynes is truly like”

To enter the competition, young people up to the age of 19 who are in school, college, or training will need to download an applications pack and return it by 1 November at midday. This can be found at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/takeover