Miller weighs in on top cop appointment

RENEGADE Labor backbencher Jo-Ann Miller has thrown her support behind Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and demanded he be reappointed swiftly.

Ms Miller - a former police minister who stood down in 2015 - strongly backed Mr Stewart's performance in the role during today's estimates committee hearing.

"The Commissioner does an excellent job on behalf of the people of Queensland," she said.

"He's widely supported in the community and does our state proud."

The Commissioner's contract is up in October.

Ms Miller accused Police Minister Mark Ryan of dragging his feet on the reappointment.

"Can you please get on with the job of reappointing him and stop dithering and get on with the process?" she said.

"He does not deserve to be in this limbo.

"And I believe that you have the perfect right and the ability to go to Cabinet and have him supported now."

Mr Ryan said the process set out in legislation relating to the appointment of police commissioners would be followed.

"There is a process to follow and Government will follow that process and make an announcement as soon as possible," he said.

"I give you a guarantee that the Government will work as quickly as possible to resolve this matter."

In recent months Mr Stewart has been forced to fend off claims of pre-Fitzgerald-level corruption and low morale in the police service.

Mr Ryan said the Commissioner had been doing a "great job in difficult circumstances".

News Corp Australia


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