Ken Lay Appointed Chief Commissioner

Ken Lay Appointed Chief Commissioner

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan

New Chief Commissioner Of Victoria Police Appointed

Victor P Taffa

Premier Ted Baillieu and Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan today announced the appointment of Ken Lay as the new Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police.

“The Victorian Coalition Government through an independent selection panel conducted a broad search for an outstanding leader for the position of Chief Commissioner of Police.” Premier Baillieu said.

“Ken Lay is a senior serving Police officer with the demonstrated ability to successfully lead all aspects of a large and complex organisation.”


“The role of Chief Commissioner of Police carries with it a great responsibility to all Victorians and we are very pleased that Mr. Lay will be able to bring his experience and judgement to this critical position.”

“The Coalition Government is working to make Victoria safer by recruiting a record number of Police, improving safety at railway stations with Victoria Police Protective Services Officers, and sentencing that reflects community expectations.”

“The Coalition Government ensured strict protocols applied throughout the recruitment process to guarantee that candidates of the highest calibre were considered and that the very best person was appointed to this important position.” Premier Baillieu said.

The recruitment process has been underway since 13 August 2011 and included an international search through Amrop Cordiner King to locate and recruit a successful candidate.

Mr. Lay is currently Acting Chief Commissioner of Police and has previously held the roles of Deputy Commissioner and a number of operational, training and corporate roles across metropolitan and regional Victoria since starting with Victoria Police in 1974.

He has a Diploma of Police Studies, a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (CSU), and has been awarded the Victoria Police Service Medal and the Australian National Medal.

“We congratulate Mr. Lay on his appointment and look forward to his leadership and continued focus on helping Victoria Police serves Victorian families and communities.” Mr. Ryan said.

An announcement about a new Deputy Commissioner is expected to be made in coming weeks.

VIC Minister for Police Peter Ryan

VIC Minister for Police Peter Ryan