One of Victoria's longest serving and most senior police officers will take up the role of state emergency management boss after his predecessor quit amid a workplace bullying investigation.
Just shy of racking up four decades with the force, deputy commissioner Andrew Crisp will on Monday take up a five-year term as Emergency Management Victoria commissioner.
"There's not many jobs I would leave Victoria Police to do. However, to take on this significant role as Emergency Management Commissioner is actually one of those roles that I would leave Victoria Police for," he told reporters on Wednesday.
The appointment comes just months ahead of the bushfire season and Mr Crisp said his professional history puts him in good stead to handle a range of emergencies.
He was a "young constable" during the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires and has since worked with the United Nations in East Timor, and helped coordinate Australia's response to the Christchurch earthquake.
"I come ... understanding the impact that emergencies have on communities," Mr Crisp said.
Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said Mr Crisp has the experience and expertise to hit the ground running.
"All the indications are that the coming fire season has (the potential to be) a very difficult one ... and I know that he'll do a great job," the minister said.
After four years as commissioner, Craig Lapsley resigned on Tuesday amid a workplace bullying investigation.
Mr Lapsley apologised for "inappropriate workplace behaviour that was abrasive and confronting" as WorkSafe looks into the allegations.
"I did not treat people with the great respect they deserved," he said in a statement when he resigned on Tuesday.
"I deeply regret the instances where my conduct fell short of the very high standards expected of me, and I apologise sincerely to those people affected."
Victoria Police will start recruiting to fill Mr Crisp's role and in the interim Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill will act in the position.