There was something reassuring about seeing Craig Lapsley in times of emergency.
If fire danger was about to hit the North East, the emergency management commissioner was the man we wanted to hear from, he was the person we trusted.
How different that feeling must have been behind closed doors.
Deputy Premier James Merlino expressed his disappointment in a strongly-worded statement.
"In recent times it has become apparent that Mr Lapsley has not always conducted himself in accordance with the very high standards expected of him, and that, as a result, the EMV workplace has been very difficult and challenging for a number of his staff," he said.
From the outside, the involvement of Mr Lapsley in any project was a positive.
When Victorian government funding was announced to fix mobile phone blackspots, it was Mr Lapsley who was lauded for making sure most of the money was used to help human safety and highways.
But no amount of accolades is good enough, if you are a bully.
No longer can someone get away with mistreatment of another person just because they happen to be good at their job.
It has not been revealed exactly what Mr Lapsley did, but he admitted on Tuesday he “did not treat people with the great respect they deserved”.
Worksafe and the Victorian government have done the right thing by investigating the unacceptable behaviour, leading to Mr Lapsley’s resignation.
In previous years the bullying may have been swept under the carpet, to protect a high-profile man in an important job, but it is important those days are left in the past.
This should be a vital lesson that not everyone in a high-ranking job will be protected if they are a bully.
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