New honour for Ken Lay
FORMER divisional superintendent at Wangaratta Ken Lay was sworn in as the 14th Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria by Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria, at a ceremony at Government House on Friday.
Mr Lay had 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.
The Lieutenant-Governor assumes the administration of Victoria if there is a temporary vacancy in the office of the Governor, if the Governor has assumed the Governor General’s role in his and if the Governor is not in Victoria or is unable or unwilling to fulfil the role.
Mr Lay replaces Marilyn Warren, 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.