Child set to takeover as mayor or police chief of Milton Keynes

Mayo Keith McLean with mayoress Vicki McLean
Mayo Keith McLean with mayoress Vicki McLean

A child will become the next mayor or chief of police of Milton Keynes - for one day at least.

Takeover Day, a competition run by Children’s Commissioner for England, offers kids the chance to work with adults and get involved in decision making.

Superintendent Gez Chiariello

Superintendent Gez Chiariello

On November 20, youngsters will spend the day with either mayor of MK Councillor Keith McLean or Superintendent Gez Chiariello to experience what it’s like to be in the city’s most important roles.

Here are some facts about them both.

- 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.

- He attends approximately 15 engagements per week and is responsible for promoting Milton Keynes as a fantastic place to live and work.

- The superintendent is the most senior police officer in Milton Keynes.

- He 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.

Roz Mascarenhas, Youth Participation Worker, said: “Takeover Day is always a great opportunity for young people in Milton Keynes to spend time and interact with the city’s decision makers.

“Getting to work alongside either Keith or Gez will be a great honour and it’ll certainly be an unforgettable day for the winners.”

Mayor Cllr Keith McLean, said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in this year’s Takeover Day.

“Being the Mayor of Milton Keynes is a great honour and I look forward to spending the day with the young person who will be taking on this role.”

Superintendent Gez Chiariello, said: “My job is a very exciting role that requires strong leadership and decision making skills. No day is the same and it’ll be a great opportunity for a young person to experience first-hand what it’s like being a police officer in Milton Keynes.”

To enter the competition, young people should visit to download an application pack and return it by November 9 at midday. Q

uestions should be directed to 01908 253812.