Maribyrnong Council appoints new chief

Maribyrnong Council chief executive Celia Haddock

Benjamin Millar

Maribyrnong Council has appointed corporate services director Celia Haddock to the city’s top job.

Ms Haddock, who has been acting chief executive for the past three months following the resignation of former chief executive Stephen Wall, began her new role on Monday.

Mayor Michael Clarke said Ms Haddock was chosen from an extremely strong field of outstanding candidates following a “robust and extensive” recruitment process.

“Celia is a highly experienced, values based and adaptive leader with a track record of achievement, both as a senior public sector executive and Board member,” he said.

“She has demonstrated a passion for our community throughout her eight years of service to Maribyrnong, both in her substantive role as Director Corporate Services and most recently acting in the Chief Executive Officer role.”

Ms Haddock has spent the last 17 years in local government senior executive roles at Maribyrnong, Manningham and Yarra Councils.

In 2013 she was appointed as Director of Corporate Services, responsible for a range services across governance, commercial services, finance, communications, engagement, customer service and more.

Ms Haddock said it was a privilege and honour to accept the role.

“look forward to working with Councillors to deliver on their vision, strategic objectives and advocacy priorities; and strengthen the work of our staff to achieve the ambitious plans for our City,” she said.

There is a lot happening in our City currently – with over six billion dollars of State Government infrastructure in the pipeline – coupled with Council’s own ambitious program of works and I am absolutely committed to ensuring these projects deliver the best outcomes for our community.”