The Leicester Mercury reported that Leicestershire police and crime commissioner Sir Clive Loader would be leaving his position because of a chronic back problem, and also revealed the plans for selecting his stand-in.
Sir Clive had intended to make an announcement at a police and crime panel meeting the day after the Mercury published the story, but the information was passed to the paper in advance.
He has now described the leak as an “outrageous breach of confidence” and asked the panel to investigate the matter.
In a statement, also reported by the Mercury, he said: “I would very much like to know how information given in confidence became known not only to partner agencies but to the media and the wider public in advance of the panel meeting.
“This outrageous breach of confidence has caused me and my wife considerable distress and anger.
“Accordingly, I now invite members of the panel to commission an immediate independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding this breach of trust and confidence.”
Sir Clive said he had, in advance and in confidence, passed the information to panel chairman, Leicestershire County Council member Joe Orson, and a council officer on Tuesday.
Councillor Orson responded he would not order an investigation and that he resented any criticism of his integrity or that of the council official.
He wrote to Sir Clive saying that in his experience investigations into how something is leaked to the press proved to be “entirely futile”.
Mercury politics reporter Dan Martin, who wrote the story, told HTFP: “It actually doesn’t look like there is going to be an investigation but if there is I won’t be contributing to it.
“Although it sounds like a cliché, journalists shouldn’t give up their sources.
“I can understand why the police and crime commissioner is upset that things didn’t go to his timetable, but the story was accurate and it was in the public interest so we ran it.
“It’s just a bog standard case of reporter does job and uses contacts to write stories.”