MEMBER for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey never thought when he took his oath as a policeman 24 years ago he would one day be running the place.
But yesterday he was named as the new minister for police and community safety.
And Mr Dempsey was straight into dealing with the demands of his new job, after police shot dead a man during a confrontation in Bracken Ridge in Brisbane yesterday.
Mr Dempsey was originally named as minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural affairs when Premier Campbell Newman named his cabinet in the days after the election.
But he was a key part of an urgent reshuffle when Member for Gympie David Gibson resigned from the ministry after only 13 days over allegations he drove while his licence was suspended.
Mr Dempsey said he found out about his promotion on Monday evening when Premier Campbell Newman phoned him.
"I'm very excited and honoured," Mr Dempsey said.
Mr Dempsey said his responsibilities included police, fire and rescue services, ambulance services and corrective services.
"It's a very complex portfolio," he said.
"It's one I'm going to grab with both hands."
Mr Dempsey said apart from handling the fallout of the fatal shooting on his first day yesterday, he had had a lot to deal with.
"I've had a lot of briefings - there's a lot of information to take on board," he said.
"It's a matter of just keeping on track."
The Bundaberg MP said he had to make sure his handling of his portfolio met community expectations.
"The LNP has been given a number of deadlines; I'm going to make sure those dates are kept on track," he said.
A former labourer, truck driver and eventually police sergeant before going into politics, Mr Dempsey said being named police minister was "beyond my wildest expectations" and said yesterday was "a unique day".
Mr Dempsey said he planned to surround himself with a good team.
- 1984: Working as a labourer on building sites.
- 1985: Loading and driving trucks.
- 1987: Sworn into the police service.
- 2006: Won the seat of Bundaberg.
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