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Prestigious role for Inverloch’s Ken Lay

INVERLOCH’S Ken Lay AO APM is the 14th Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria.

He was sworn in to the role last Thursday by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, at a ceremony at Government House, Melbourne.

Mr Lay has a distinguished career in public service, including as Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2011 to 2015.

His professional achievements include establishing the Family Violence Command within Victoria Police, alongside his chairmanship of the Council of Australian Governments Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence Against Women and the Prime Minister’s National Ice Taskforce.

“This is a wonderful honour that I never thought possible. It has made both me and my family very proud,” Mr Lay said.

“I am looking forward to supporting Governor Linda Dessau in whatever way I can. She is a wonderful Victorian who has made a difference in so many different ways.

“There have been some extraordinary men and women who have previously held the role as Victoria’s Lieutenant Governor. I feel very, very humble to now join that group of people.”

The Governor appoints the Lieutenant-Governor under section 6A(2) of the Constitution Act 1975 on the advice of the Premier.

The Lieutenant-Governor assumes the administration of Victoria if:

  • there is a temporary vacancy in the office of the Governor;
  • the Governor of Victoria has assumed the administration of the Commonwealth in the absence of the Governor General;
  • the Governor is not in Victoria or is unable or unwilling to fulfil the role, for example due to illness.

Mr Lay replaces the Honourable Marilyn Warren AC, who has been Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria since April 2006 and has recently retired as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria – the first woman to hold that office.

Premier Daniel Andrews said, “Ken Lay is a highly respected and valued community leader in Victoria, with a deep commitment to improving people’s lives.

“I know he’ll be an excellent Lieutenant-Governor and I look forward to continuing our positive working relationship as he takes on this new role.”

State honour: Ken Lay AO APM is sworn in as Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria last Thursday with wife Chris Lay (left) and Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau AC. Photo by Peter Casamento.

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