Wodonga CEO announces resignation

Wodonga Council Chief Executive Officer Patience Harrington has resigned after seven years in the top job.

Ms Harrington tendered her resignation to the Mayor and Councillors on Monday.

“Having grown up and raised a family in this region,  I have come to love Wodonga and its community, and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of a vibrant city transformation,” Ms Harrington said.

“Becoming the CEO seven years ago was a move I was passionate about and approached with a determination to deliver on the many long-planned projects that were part of the vision for our city.

“In recent years I’ve been fortunate to guide this organisation through an exciting time: delivering a City Heart; investing in community spaces and places; reducing debt; lowering rates; building the local economy; and realising the vision of Logic.

“I leave at an exciting time for our city and I’m proud to have led an organisation filled with people who are dedicated to serving our community.”

Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said Ms Harrington had led the city through historic changes and wished her well.

“Patience leaves an amazing legacy, having guided the city through the transformation of our CBD, improvements across all our neighbourhoods, and leaves at a time when Wodonga is really thriving,” Cr Speedie said.

“Having been with the council for more than 17 years, she leaves the organisation in a strong position having fostered a culture of inclusiveness and innovation that has seen the council aim high and achieve great things.

“We are proud of what Patience has done in her seven years as CEO and wish her every success for what comes next.”

Ms Harrington will pursue a long-held ambition to head overseas and plans to live and work in Europe in the new year.

The search for a new chief executive officer will now begin with Ms Harrington to finish at the start of January.

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