Corangamite Shire Council has appointed former City of Ballarat CEO Justine Linley as its new director of sustainable development.
Corangamite Shire Council chief executive officer Andrew Mason said Ms Linley had begun her new role last week.
"We are looking forward to capitalising on Justine Linley's expertise in economic development particularly, and managing our sustainable development area," Mr Mason said.
It is the latest step in Ms Linley's long career of working in local government, which had a controversial end in Ballarat.
Prior to her appointment to Ballarat council, Ms Linley had carried out senior roles in several local council areas including in Melbourne. She was the CEO of the Northern Grampians Shire before taking on the chief executive role in Ballarat in May 2016.
Along with former City of Ballarat director Terry Demeo, she was the focus of a critical Ombudsman's report, which was released in May this year.
We are looking forward to capitalising on Justine Linley's expertise in economic development particularlyCEO Andrew Mason
While no wrongdoing was alleged of Ms Linley, the Ombudsman said some of her recruitment decisions had been "unwise at best and may have been improper". Shortly after the report's release, councillors voted to terminate her employment as CEO with immediate effect.
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