Commissioner, NSW State Emergency Service

On 30th October 2019, Carlene was appointed the first female NSW State Emergency Service Commissioner. Carlene leads the combat agency with legislated responsibility for storms, floods and tsunamis. It is also the largest volunteer provider of rescue services in NSW and supports communities through capabilities in urban search and rescue, vertical rescue, road-crash rescue, land search, community first responders, swift water rescue, community engagement, flood planning and preparedness activities.

Commissioner Carlene York joined the NSW Police Force in 1980 and held various roles during this time including the position of Assistant Commissioner, Human Resources. 

Carlene was awarded the Australian Police medal in 2014, was a recipient of the Australasian Council of Women & Policing’s highest honour – The Audrey Fagan Memorial Award, and was the Australian HR Director of the Year in 2017.

Carlene York


Wednesday 29th July, 2020