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Former Top Cop Comrie Appointed New MFB President

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01 Jul 2010
Former Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Neil Comrie AO has been appointed as the President of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Bob Cameron said today.

Mr Cameron said Mr Comrie’s outstanding reputation preceded him as he embarked on the latest stage of his remarkable career.

“Mr Comrie is extremely well qualified for the presidency of MFB and brings a proven track record in emergency services and a wealth of experience to the role,” he said.

“He was an outstanding candidate and I look forward to working with him as he steers and shapes the future direction of the MFB.

“Mr Comrie is probably best known to most Victorians through his role as Police Chief Commissioner, which he carried out with distinction from 1993 until 2001.

“In addition to Mr Comrie’s exceptional service to Victoria, he has also contributed to the community through other roles, most notably in monitoring the implementation of recommendations from the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission’s interim report.”

Mr Cameron said the former top cop came from a strong family line of Victorian police officers, including his father and his grandfather and would bring his legacy of leadership to the MFB role.

“Leading Victoria Police for nearly a decade, Mr Comrie has built strong leadership skills and has proven his robust and resilient leadership time and time again,” he said.

“I am confident Mr Comrie will lead the MFB with the same high standards he has set throughout his career.”

Mr Comrie was born in Ballarat and joined Victoria Police in 1967 where he worked hard and attained a number of senior positions before he was appointed Chief Commissioner in 1993.

Mr Cameron said several honours marked Mr Comrie’s career and symbolised the important contribution of his service to the Victorian community.

Mr Comrie was awarded the Queens Honour Medal in 1972, the Australian Police Medal in 1994, and became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2000 for his service to the community as Chief Commissioner.

Media contact: Cameron Scott 0448 346 942 or 9651 5799

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