Former Victorian deputy police commissioner Kieran Walshe will join the state's Adult Parole Board.
Mr Walshe, 61, was a police officer for more than 40 years before retiring 12 months ago.
He was the state's top traffic officer and was named police officer of the year for his work during the Black Saturday bushfires.
Corrections Minister Andrew McIntosh said Mr Walshe would add a new perspective to parole decisions.
"He will of course bring a strong former police voice to the parole board," he told parliament on Wednesday.
"It is consistent with the government's commitment to ensure community safety is a major consideration of the Adult Parole Board."
Mr Walshe's appointment comes a day after the government unveiled details of tough new parole laws, under which serious offenders convicted of further serious crimes while on parole will have their parole cancelled automatically.
There will also be a presumption that offenders will have their parole cancelled at the point when they are charged with a new offence.