Colac Otway Shire Council’s chief executive officer Sue Wilkinson has resigned and is set to move back to Melbourne after three years in the council’s top job.
Ms Wilkinson had a background in local government planning when she took over the role at Colac Otway from acting chief Phil Corluka and previous CEO Rob Small in August 2014.
Ms Wilkinson’s soon-to-be employer, the City of Darebin, announced her appointment as its new chief via social media on Monday, with Colac Otway announcing her resignation yesterday morning.
Mayor Chris Potter said Ms Wilkinson’s appointment at “one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse local government areas in Victoria was a testament to the way she operated as a leader”.
“Three years ago Sue came to Colac Otway as a first-time CEO and she’s about to take the reins at a major metropolitan council, which speaks volumes about the calibre of leader that she is,” Cr Potter said.
Cr Potter said Ms Wilkinson had demonstrated “extraordinary skills in establishing partnerships from the political to the grassroots level during her time at Colac Otway”.
He said Ms Wilkinson’s mind for strategy and political advocacy in particular had helped put the shire in a strong position.
“Sue’s advocacy to higher levels of government was pivotal in securing almost $6 million for a drainage system in Wye River and Separation Creek following the Christmas Day bushfires,” he said.
“She is highly regarded throughout the region for the work she did during the bushfire and her subsequent support for our coastal community during its recovery.
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