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|West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner|
|Assumed office |
15 November 2012
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|Chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority|
June 2003 – October 2012
|Chair of the Association of Police Authorities|
October 2011 – October 2012
|Born||1964 (age 53–54)|
|Alma mater||Bradford University|
Mark Burns-Williamson, OBE (born 1964) is a British Labour Party politician and the current West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. He is the former Chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority and has been the councillor for Castleford Central and Glasshoughton Ward since the Wakefield District Council elections in 1998.
Burns-Williamson was born in 1964 in Castleford, Yorkshire, England. His employment has spanned over 20 years in public and private sector organisations, including West Yorkshire County Council, Citizens Advice Bureaux, CableTel Ltd, The Rugby Football League (RFL) and Halifax Plc. He is also a graduate of Bradford University (History/Politics Bsc Joint Hons), President of Glasshoughton Cricket Club, an ex rugby player and a lifelong rugby supporter.
Burns-Williamson was elected to represent the ward of Castleford Central and Glasshoughton when he successfully contested the 1998 Wakefield Council elections, in West Yorkshire. Following this, he became a member of West Yorkshire Police Authority in 1999 and Chair of the Authority in June 2003. After joining the Board of the Association of Police Authorities in 2003, he was made the Board's Deputy Chair in 2009 and in October 2011 he was elected Chair of the Association of Police Authorities.
Burns-Williamson was appointed an OBE for services to the Community and Policing in the 2012 Honours List.
Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
In June 2012, Burns-Williamson announced his intention to stand as a candidate in the England and Wales Police and Crime Commissioner elections, 2012 for the West Yorkshire Police area. In October 2012, He stood down as the Chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority in order to continue his candidacy for PCC. In the November election, he was elected after the second round of counting.
- "About Mark - The Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire". West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
- "Police and Crime Commissioner Election results 2012". Wakefield Council. Retrieved 30 April 2016.