Craig Lapsley has today resigned as Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner. He had been Commissioner since July 2014.

The Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino said, “I would like to acknowledge and thank Mr Lapsley for his contribution in what is a critical and challenging role.”

“As Emergency Management Commissioner, Mr Lapsley has been a significant leader in

Victoria’s emergency management sector, helping improve the State’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery capability.”

“Through EMV’s efforts, Victoria is undoubtedly better prepared for the emergencies it will inevitably, albeit unfortunately, face in the future.”

“In recent times it has become apparent that Mr Lapsley has not always conducted himself in accordance with the very high standards expected of him, and that, as a result, the EMV workplace has been very difficult and challenging for a number of his staff,” Mr Merlino said.

“This is very disappointing both to me as Emergency Services Minister and to the government generally.”

“It is my very strong view that all government employees, including those at EMV, should be able to work in safe and supportive workplaces,” Mr Merlino

“To ensure EMV can continue to fulfil its critical role on behalf of the Victorian community, Mr Lapsley has offered his resignation as Emergency Management Commissioner. His resignation is effective from yesterday,” Mr Merlino concluded.