Des has been a member of the Blue Light Committee for 2 years. He has been a member of Victoria Police for 26 years and is the President, and Life Member, of the Ballarat Blue Light.
Des is also the current Mayor of the City of Ballarat and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in regards to Local Government and with running not-for-profit organisations.
Des has also been awarded the National Medal, the Ethical Standards Medal and the National Police Service Medal. He was also Runner-Up in the Victoria Police Youth Resource Officer of the Year.