Craig Lapsley

FORMER Bendigo firefighter Craig Lapsley has resigned as Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner.

In a statement released earlier this week, Emergency Services minister James Merlino acknowledged and thanked Mr Lapsley for his contribution to the role he performed for more than four years.

But Mr Lapsley leaves under a cloud about his behaviour within the workplace.

“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.”

Mr Merlino said it had become apparent that Mr Lapsley has not always conducted himself in accordance with the very high standards expected of him.

He said the EMV workplace has been very difficult and challenging for a number of Mr Lapsley’s staff.

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

“I have previously made it clear to Mr Lapsley that bullying and inappropriate workplace behaviour will not be tolerated and that remains very firmly the case.

“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 Lapsley’s position has been filled by Andrew Crisp.

Mr Crisp has spent 40 years with Victoria Police and was the former deputy commisioner for before taking up this new role.