Victoria Police’s Lucinda Nolan moves to CFA top job

By Harley Dennett

September 16, 2015

Victoria Police’s deputy commissioner for regional operations Lucinda Nolan has been appointed as the new chief executive office of the state’s Country Fire Authority.

Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett made the announcement Wednesday morning, praising Nolan’s “outstanding leadership credentials” as she becomes the first woman to lead the CFA.

Nolan, who has held senior roles at Victoria Police over the past 30 years including acting as commissioner, will start her new role in November.

In a statement, Garrett said the role is a complex one, requiring great knowledge of Victoria:

“Ms Nolan will make a great fire service even better as she leads the organisation into a new era. Victorians expect the best when it comes to making our state safe, Lucinda Nolan delivers those qualities which our community demands and deserves.”

The CFA board also commented on the appointment, with acting chair John Peberdy noting the common issues that rural police and firefighters face:

“Many of the challenges faced by Victoria Police are similar to ones we are facing at CFA. Lucinda will bring fresh ideas and drive real change to make us an even better organisation.”

The former CEO Mike Bourke resigned earlier this year after six years in the role. Michael Wootten has been acting in the role ever since — including an engaging Twitter presence:

Top photo courtesy of Star Observer: Lucinda Nolan, as acting Victoria Police Commissioner, apologises to the LGBTI community over the police raid of the Tasty nightclub 20 years ago.

Read more at The Mandarin: ‘Thanks for your service, liars’: did Dan Andrews go too far?

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