Crutchfield was born in Melbourne, but attended high school in the coastal city of Warrnambool. He studied to become a teacher at the University of Western Australia before returning to Victoria and taking up a position as a teacher at Chanel College in Geelong. Two years later, however, he left the position and took on a position as a career firefighter with the Country Fire Authority.
He ran for and was elected to the council of the City of Greater Geelong in 1995. He was a popular and high-profile councillor, and subsequently served as the city's mayor from 2000 to 2001. Crutchfield remained on the council after losing the mayoralty, and contested Australian Labor Party preselection for the state seat of South Barwon, which was considered a safe seat for the conservative Liberal Party of Australia, and had never been won by Labor before in its history. Aided considerably by a statewide landslide victory for Labor, Crutchfield defeated long-serving incumbent Alister Paterson, and took up his seat in parliament. He was defeated in 2010.
Crutchfield is currently Parliamentary Secretary for Water and the Environment and is passionate about addressing climate change and tackling sustainable water supply issues.
He is an avid Geelong Cats supporter and a former coach and captain of the South Barwon football team. He is married.
|Victorian Legislative Assembly|
|Member for South Barwon