Former Humberside Police Authority chairman Colin Inglis has been charged with 14 counts of indecent assault in relation to allegations of child abuse.
Mr Inglis clashed with the Home Office over the Bichard Report
The claims date back to the 1980s when Mr Inglis worked as a care worker at a children's home in Hull. They were made by one of the former residents.
Last year, Humberside Police asked the North Yorkshire force to investigate.
Mr Inglis, who has strenuously denied the allegations, is due to appear before Hull magistrates on Tuesday.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Following an investigation by North Yorkshire Police, on behalf of Humberside Police, a 48-year-old Hull man has been charged with 14 counts of indecent assault in relation to allegations of historic child abuse in the Humberside area.
"He has been bailed to appear at Hull city magistrates' court tomorrow, 15 November.
"North Yorkshire Police will make no further comment."
Following the launch of the North Yorkshire Police investigation last September Mr Inglis was suspended from the police authority and the Labour Party.
He was replaced as leader of Hull City Council in May this year.
Colin Inglis came to prominence last year when, as chairman of the police authority, he refused an order by the then Home Secretary David Blunkett to sack Humberside's Chief Constable, David Westwood.
Mr Westwood had been severely criticised in the Bichard inquiry into the Soham murders, which found that Humberside Police had failed to keep records on child killer Ian Huntley.