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Ken Lay quits bushfire recovery agency six months after getting top job

Former police commissioner Ken Lay has resigned as chairman of the state government’s bushfire recovery agency only six months after stepping in to the role.

Mr Lay was appointed to head Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) in January, with the job of overseeing the government’s bushfire assistance program after the summer’s bushfires and acting as the public face of the clean-up.

Kan Lay with Premier Daniel Andrews in January when he was named chairman of Bushfire Recovery Victoria.

Kan Lay with Premier Daniel Andrews in January when he was named chairman of Bushfire Recovery Victoria.Credit:Penny Stephens

Mr lay, a former Essendon football club board member, stepped down as chairman of Ambulance Victoria and as Victoria’s Lieutenant-Governor in order to take the role at BRV. He is set to resume these roles.

According to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville, Mr Lay travelled more than 7000 kilometres and visited 32 fire-affected communities in the wake of the fires.

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