Boris Johnson's has agreed to pay Sir Ian Blair for another two years of service despite the fact that he is due to stand down in three weeks time.
The deal, thought to be worth £400,000 comes after it was revealed that the Mayor had sought no legal advice before ousting the Met Commissioner.
The Metropolitan Police Authority Chief Executive Catherine Crawford agreed the pay-out in consultation with the Mayor, his Deputy for Police and two other members of the MPA.
Fellow MPA member Jenny Jones said Londoners had been left:
"paying for two police commissioners but only getting the services of one.
"If the Mayor had consulted other parts of London Government about both the original decision to dismiss Sir Ian and the subsequent decision to compensate him, we probably wouldn’t be in this situation."
The job of replacing the ousted Commissioner is descending into farce with acres of speculation emerging daily before a job advertisement was even placed.
But with it becoming increasingly clear that Boris sought neither legal nor professional advice before ousting Sir Ian Blair, his one moment of mayoral bravado is becoming one momentous and expensive mess.