Stephen Baker, the Chief Executive of East Suffolk Council, has  been appointed as the Suffolk Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for all PCC elections since the first PCC election in 2012..

He has overall responsibility for coordinating and running the election across the whole of the county, although local returning officers at district/borough level have responsibility for overseeing arrangements in their areas.

While each district and borough council has responsibility for organising the polling stations and counting of votes in their individual areas, Stephen has the overall duty of ensuring the accuracy and fairness of the polls.

He also makes the formal announcement of the winning candidate..

For general enquiries relating to PCC elections, please call 01394 444324 or email

Stephen Baker
Suffolk Police Area Returning Officer
East Suffolk Council
East Suffolk House
Riduna Park
Station Road
Suffolk IP12 1RT