Posted on Friday 3rd April 2020
Colleagues are mourning the death of senior county council employee Mick Harrison MBE, pictured.
Staffordshire County Council is mourning the death of a senior member of staff, who passed away this week.
Mick Harrison MBE, died on 2nd April, surrounded by his family, eight months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. He was aged 59.
Mick had worked for Staffordshire County Council for nine years. He made his mark as Commissioner for Community Safety, responsible for overseeing the formation and implementation of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), which saw police, council, NHS and other organisations coming together to safeguard and protect Staffordshire’s most vulnerable children and adults.
Most recently he was working as an Assistant Director in the Families and Communities directorate, developing children’s services.
Before joining the county council Mick had served with Staffordshire Police for 30 years, rising from his first posting as a beat constable in Stoke town to the rank of Acting Assistant Chief Constable by the time of his retirement.
His commitment to public life was recognised when he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in January 2012.
Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said:
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.
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.”
An online book of condolence has been created for county council colleagues to pay their respects. This will be shared with Mick’s wife and two daughters in due course.