Experienced Senior officer named Acting Police Commissioner

Published Thursday, 22 February, 2024 at 12:27 PM


The Honourable Steven Miles

Minister for Police and Community Safety
The Honourable Mark Ryan

  • Steve Gollschewski named Acting Police Commissioner
  • Selection process for new Police Commissioner will begin next week
  • Process to be overseen by Public Service Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski has been named Queensland Acting Police Commissioner.

The Deputy Commissioner is well known to Queenslanders for his role leading the police response to the COVID pandemic.

Mr Gollschewski led the police operations that included police overseeing hotel quarantine, airport security and border security on our roads.

Police played an instrumental role in keeping the community safe and helping to support the strong economic recovery Queensland has since experienced.

Mr Gollschewski is Queensland’s most experienced Deputy Commissioner, with over a decade in the role, and more than 40 years experience as a police officer.

Mr Gollschewski will act as Police Commissioner while an appropriate full merit selection process is undertaken to appoint a new, permanent Police Commissioner.

The selection panel will consist of the Public Service Commissioner, David Mackie, Crime and Corruption Commission Chair, Bruce Barbour, Integrity Commissioner Linda Waugh, and Tasmanian Police Commissioner, Donna Adams.

It is expected that an invitation for expressions of interest in the Police Commissioner’s role will open next week.

Quotes attributable to Premier Steven Miles:

“I am very pleased to see Mr Gollschewski announced as Queensland’s Acting Police Commissioner.

“I worked closely with Steve on a daily basis during our response to COVID and he is an extraordinarily competent and experienced leader.

“I look forward to the selection process for a new Commissioner beginning in the near future.”

Quotes attributable to Police Minister Mark Ryan:

“Steve Gollschewski is Queensland’s most experienced Deputy Commissioner and is a highly regarded leader within the Queensland Police Service.

“Queenslanders know they can rely on Steve Gollschewski.

“We saw that during the response to COVID.

“The Queensland Police Service and the Queensland community are in good hands.”