Council welcomes appointment of interim Administrator

Casey City Council has welcomed the appointment of Ms Noelene Duff as interim Administrator of Casey from 20 February 2020 for a period of 90 days, or until a panel of administrators is appointed for the Council, whichever occurs earlier.

The Minister for Local Government, Adem Somyurek MP, advised of Ms Duff’s appointment shortly after the Governor in Council this afternoon gave Royal Assent to the Local Government (Casey City Council 2020) Bill to dismiss all Casey City Councillors. The Bill had passed through both the lower and upper houses of Parliament yesterday. The new Act will come into effect from midnight tonight (19 February 2020) at which time all Casey Councillors will go out of office.

Ms Duff, a local government veteran and former CEO of Whitehorse City Council, is expected to meet with Casey Council CEO, Mr Glenn Patterson, later this week to discuss her role and appointment by Minister Somyurek.

Casey City Council CEO, Glenn Patterson, said we welcome the announcement which gives both the organisation and our communities some form of clarity following the recent period of change and uncertainty. I look forward to meeting with Ms Duff and discussing transition arrangements, including how we can work together to best represent the interests of our Casey communities.

“Ms Duff is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Board member with a demonstrated history of working in the government and non-government sector. Skilled in governance, stakeholder management, community engagement and change management, she received a Public Service Medal in the 2020 Australia Day Honours in recognition of her outstanding service to local government in Victoria. With such credentials, I think the City of Casey will welcome her appointment.

“Officers will do everything possible to work collaboratively with Ms Duff to deliver and advocate for infrastructure and services for our rapidly growing community.”

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